Thanks to Domain for featuring our Port Melbourne Apartment in their latest article on small kitchens!

“At just 2.8m x 2.7m, this Port Melbourne apartment lacked a proper pantry, under-bench oven and featured a wide fridge alcove that stole valuable space from the cooking zone. “It was your standard compact kitchen,” says Simpfendorfer, “operational but not maximised.”

The owners, serious entertainers, craved the functionality of a beautiful “house-size” kitchen. “They didn’t want to be stuck cooking in an alcove and unable to be a part of the action,” she says. Simpfendorfer had a lightbulb moment. “I decided to waste space to create it,” she says. “The kitchen had a recessed cooking zone, so we pulled the joinery forward creating a secret void behind the new joinery, then stretched it across the width of the apartment, carving out 300 millimetres deep storage across the wall.”

The extended space allowed the 5300-millimetre wide apartment to be used as “kitchen space”. “We built a massive island bench, liberating the cooktop from the back wall to the side, so the cook could interact with her guests.” Simpfendorfer says the appliances largely informed the design process. “Most are standardised sizes, but fridges are problematic,” she says. “Ditching a clunky fridge for a narrow one and some under-bench freezer drawers is a worthwhile investment. It’s a game changer.”” – Domain

See more of this project here.