A well-appointed kitchen and seamless connections between indoors and out are resoundingly highly valued by anyone who likes having a roof over their head. They are the spaces in which we come together – with family and friends – to cook, laugh, and connect. In collaboration with HouseLab, Sydney-based Bijl Architecture has envisioned an urban residence that intertwines kitchen and garden more than ever.
Depicted through hyper-realistic renderings and animation, the ConceptSpace – aptly titled Come Together – explores the thresholds between paddock and plate, nature and the built environment. Folding windows, walls, doors ensure fresh produce is no further than an arm’s reach away. There when you want them, not there when you don’t, these malleable boundaries between outdoors and in enable inhabitants to open and close their space to nature as and when it suits.
Through the flexible window and door configurations, the living/dining space spills out onto the deck – an idyllic setting for hosting barbecues or summer soirees. The kitchen bench looks out to a verdant urban garden boasting home-grown fruits and vegetables, while herb-drying racks hang overhead, opening up a world of farm to table possibilities, even for city-dwellers.
On the concept, HouseLab co-founder Marcus Piper says, “Over the past decade we’ve seen a real return to earth in urban areas with residents using private and public space to grow and share food. Bijl’s concept brings this together, reflecting the cultural melting-pot that is Australia and the way we socialise at home.”
“Engaging with leading creative minds who know the realities of construction means our ConceptSpaces are more than just ideas – they are completely feasible,” says Chris Rennie, co-founder of HouseLab. “It’s why we’ve focussed on four distinct times of day, considering a residential space’s life and the way it can adapt to the needs of its residents.”
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