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Neutral layers of travertine and rattan by DAH Architecture

Neutral layers of travertine and rattan by DAH Architecture

Neutral layers of travertine and rattan by DAH Architecture

Balancing volume and proportion with layered materiality, the kitchen of DAH Architecture’s Glyn House in Brisbane is an exercise in refinement.

Entering DAH Architecture‘s Glyn Street through a vestibule walkway with a vaulted ceiling, the space opens immediately to a large, voided living space filled with light from the adjacent double-height outdoor room.

At the centre, a magnificent steel helical staircase brings drama and grandeur, while stacker doors disappear into walls to blur the divide between indoors and outdoors. All of which is a direct response to the sub-tropical Brisbane setting.

Within this warmly natural interior, which pairs timber with large expanses of minimal white, the kitchen occupies the space much as a bespoke piece of furniture, which in fact it is.

Built as a fine piece of cabinetry, the kitchen starts to take shape from just adjacent the stairs, where a small cellar and bar is set into the side of the wall. Continuing the curve of the stair landing above, the aged ash, chalk-finished Laminex cabinetry is worked from floor to ceiling as a grand and elegant gesture.

This palette and form recommence in the kitchen proper, where a large central island expands to a curved table (mirroring the dining table opposite) with both pillar and the wider utility explored in curves. Satin brass kitchen handles by MOMO and brushed brass tapware add a slight golden touch, while rattan-faced cabinetry gives the whole a fresh textured nuance: “Rattan and curves return humility and comfort to what ultimately is a family home equipped with flexibility and the functionality to cater for a contemporary family,” says David Hansford of DAHA.

Tonally paired to the oak timber floor (Awesome Timber Floors), the joinery is expansive with a wall of cabinetry concealing appliances (Miele) and utilities.

Likewise the stone benchtops and splashback (vein-cut Roman Travertine, Batstones Stone Masonry) is tonally similar with variations in striation density giving subtle shifts between materials. Augmenting the kitchen is a butler’s pantry in the same material palette with a floor of stone tiles by Stone and Tile Studio.

The kitchen at Glyn Street is one of subtle differentiation and tonal shifts, all set as the centrepiece of a modern family home.


Cathy Schusler


Gillian Serisier

Gillian Serisier is an editor-at-large for Indesign Media Asia Pacific, where she covers all corners of design and art across the Habitus and Indesign network. Gillian has contributed to many outstanding publications, and her extensive knowledge and sharp words make for compelling storytelling.