These three cookspaces each crafted to suit the distinct needs and personality of the owner – prove how true it is that an open kitchen is the heart of the home. 

1. Bright and spacious kitchen with an informal dining area
Style: Contemporary with Mediterranean accents 
Size: 409sqf 
Designer: K2 Design

This kitchen was suited to the homeowners’ needs for a bright, spacious, functional and airy workspace with an informal dining area and roomy worktops. The cookspace was zoned into heavy-duty cooking, storage, and preparation/ breakfast areas, considering the industrial-scale appliances the couple wanted to use.

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An island worktop helps to visually separate the cooking and storage zones with its substantial length. Two sinks were installed: one near the storage zone and the other near the cooking zone, looking out to the garden so the owners could cook together without getting in each other’s way.

2. Fluid and convienient kitchen for entertaining
Style: Contemporary
Size: 145sqf
Designer: Metamorph Works

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Floor and feature wall clad in streaked marble of contrasting shades, this kitchen is an urban, contemporary style kitchen. The walnut panels on the wall and doors create a “picture frame” between the kitchen and the dining area, and add tonal warmth to the mostly black-and-white palette.

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The centrepiece of the kitchen is Silestone-topped island with its pearlised black quartz finish. With the interaction between the dining space and the kitchen, it is both a visually and physically fluid yet convenient set-up for entertaining. 

3. L-shaped kitchen with breakfast counter
Style: Contemporary
Size: 191sqf
Designer: Linghao Architects 

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To make space to open up the narrow, enclosed kitchen, the existing powder room was torn down, which allowed space for a walk-in pantry. Following the design brief of incorporating a cantilevered counter, the designer cantilevered a piece of granite from the remaining structural portion of the demolished powder room. 

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The granite slab multi-tasks as a breakfast counter, kitchen worktop and visual axis. This feature wall visually connects the dining area to the kitchen so they appear as one space. Towards the rear are the preparation and cooking zones, and a concealed glass door allows him to close off the cooking zone entirely if needed.