Case study: Hi-tech contemporary kitchen

Hi-tech appliances combine with contemporary style in this new-build family home in West London.

By Rachel Ogden | 15 August 2017

Hi-tech appliances combine with contemporary style in this new-build family home in West London.

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Creating a kitchen that will work well for a large family requires ingenuity, but when that design also has to meet the demands of professional chefs, hi-tech kit and clever design is essential. Fortunately, architect and owner Alex Michaelis of Michaelis Boyd, the firm behind Battersea Power Station, knew exactly where to turn when he needed a kitchen for his new home – to long-time collaborators Kitchen Architecture (01865 426 990; kitchenarchitecture. co.uk) and designer Colin Astridge.

The property itself was notably unusual. Built on the site of an old MOT garage in West London, the concrete house has rounded towers and rooftop terraces, so it needed a spectacular kitchen to match.

Alex and his partner, Susanna, have seven children, so designing a kitchen for them meant focusing on everything it would have to do for a large family,’ says Astridge.

‘Plus, the brief for this kitchen wasn’t just for it to be practical for them, but also for serious cooking and entertaining. The couple required it to work well for when they host events with professional chefs and staff. I had to consider its dual function as the heart of a comfortable home and a networking space when required.’