I have recently been retained to design some kitchen variations for a condominium project in NYC. The architect’s plans were a little generic, so we prepared some concepts for the developer in hope of winning the project. Following is a study of two variations.
The focus was on elevation C; the rest of the layout was the same between each variation. The design consists of a basic island-within-rectangle layout with two entrances. Elevation A and B consist of tall cabinets, with the work surfaces focused on the island and elevation C.
The developer’s architect placed the cooktop in the center of wall C. I executed a few concepts which visually broke this predictable symmetry. Version A is an example of how we used differing depths with wall and tall cabinets to create visual interest.
I executed some marker renderings at a tight angle to show the entire kitchen and also to illustrate the changing depths to good effect. I placed the tall cabinets on the left, so as to open the kitchen up towards the windows. This also allows a flow with food storage moving towards the right towards preparation and eventual serving.
Version C was the best of the symmetric variations.
For the renderings, I created a base drawing and then created the variations for elevation C, adding them later as layers in Photoshop.
The cabinet finish is Sterling Grey Gloss lacquer in each instance. I took some time to carefully place the reflections on the cabinet surfaces to get the right amount of sparkle. This is an area which digital rendering has a good advantage… you just dial up some parameters and you get the look you want. Hand rendering is still a time-efficient process for me, and of course it is very enjoyable.
I’m not sure which variation was received best, or if the project is moving ahead. I will update the post if we win the job.