It could be said that the realisation of ambition is what Habitus House of the Year is all about. Each year, the line-up of outstanding projects, selected from across the Indo-Pacific Region, culminates in something akin to an expos\u00e9 of ambitious residences, designed for ambitious, often profound, ways of life. And each year, we develop a taste for more. Such an ambitious appetite ought not, need not and \u2014 thanks to Gaggenau \u2014 shall not go unfed.\r\n\r\n\r\nDriven by the principals of a professional kitchen and inspired by the needs of an experienced chef, all the while catering for private kitchens, in homes such as yours and mine, Gaggenau is an ambitious type itself. The preeminent German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances is renowned as one of the most influential players in the residential kitchen design space. And deservedly so; not least because of its design-led approach and its penchant for being a catalyst in the discovery of many-a-users\u2019 culinary ambitions.\r\n\r\n\r\nIt all began in 1956, with a vision of a custom-designed domestic kitchen, fitted with technically sophisticated yet easy-to-use appliances. Decades on, and that robust vision remains the same; the modern-day possibilities, however, have exponentially changed. Today, bespoke kitchen design demands appliances that are built-in and operate harmoniously in sync. Stainless steel fridges integrating perfectly with wine climate cabinets, for instance, or ovens aligned with built-in, automated espresso machines. The potential is endless and Gaggenau\u2019s desire to inspire is equally relentless.\r\n\r\n\r\nEven the oven \u2014 the staple, rarely a stand out, kitchen appliance \u2014 in Gaggenau\u2019s case, is anything but basic. The brand\u2019s 400 series ovens make an apt point in case; their sleek, handle-free form comes endowed with 17 different heating methods, core temperature probe feature with estimated cooking time, pyrolytic cleaning functionality and an intuitive TFT touch display. In its entirety, the 400 series comprises an exceptional range of ovens, combi-steam ovens, combi-microwaves and complementary appliances, each of which are domestic in proportion while professional in principle and wit.\r\n\r\n\r\nSpecification-wise the 400 series, along with the rest of Gaggenau\u2019s offering of premium kitchen appliances, is designed intentionally to be tailored in configuration to suit one\u2019s personal culinary preferences and ambitions. Complementary appliances such as the 400 series\u2019 warming drawer, vacuuming drawer and automatic espresso machine are able to be combined with one\u2019s own bespoke composition of ovens, combi-steam ovens and/or combi-microwaves.\r\n\r\n\r\nCompleted by an inimitable suite of induction cooktops, modular fridge/freezers, wine climate cabinets, dishwashers and ventilation systems, Gaggenau\u2019s offering goes unmatched. Therein lays the key to living up to ambitions in the kitchen.