Eagle Residence by Alexander Gorlin Architects

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Warm cherry cabinetry enlivens this kitchen designed for a couple who are both professional chefs

Cherry wood cabinetry wraps around the perimeter of this kitchen in a new house designed by architect Alexander Gorlin. The owners, who are professional chefs, chose cork flooring, because is soft underfoot.

Cherry wood cabinetry wraps around the perimeter of this kitchen in a new house designed by architect Alexander Gorlin. The owners, who are professional chefs, chose cork flooring, because is soft underfoot.

It’s always interesting to see new kitchens designed for professional chefs. Invariably they show us how functionality impacts on aesthetics, but there’s never a compromise.
The kitchen in this new Charleston house was designed for a couple who are both chefs. Architect Alexander Gorlin says the pair wanted a cozy, practical and hardworking kitchen, rather than a show kitchen that would never be used.

“The house is a modern interpretation of a Southern courtyard house on a long narrow lot. The kitchen opens up to the courtyard on one side, and is the center of the house, both literally and in terms of the way the house is organized. There is a large table in the kitchen for casual meals – it is almost like dining in a restaurant where you can see the chefs in action.”

A large island serves as the food preparation and serving area. This has a cherry wood butcher’s block countertop and sink. Another sink is placed on a long stainless steel countertop on the perimeter cabinetry that serves as a cleanup area.
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Three different countertop materials feature in this kitchen, including a cherry butcher's block on the island. A buffet-shelving unit beside the dining table in the kitchen is in matching cherry wood.

Three different countertop materials feature in this kitchen, including a cherry butcher’s block on the island. A buffet-shelving unit beside the dining table in the kitchen is in matching cherry wood.

All the surface materials were chosen according to the required functionality,” says the architect. “The owners can chop vegetables directly on the island top, while the rear countertop is marble, which is used for rolling out dough for baking.

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Cherry cabinetry was specified for all the doors, which are set flush, in keeping with the Modern architecture.

“Cherry wood was chosen for its visual warmth and strong graining,” says Gorlin. “The grain itself becomes the decoration. We added frosted glass to some of the overhead cabinets to relieve the long expanse of wood running around the kitchen.”
 All the cabinetry features Häfele hardware, with custom inserts chosen by the owners.

The formal dining room adjoins the kitchen. Like the kitchen, its opens to a courtyard that runs along the side of the house. The door on the opposite side to the kitchen leads to the living room. To soften the ambiance, the hardwood floors feature a large textural area rug in soft terra cotta tones.

The formal dining room adjoins the kitchen. Like the kitchen, its opens to a courtyard that runs along the side of the house. The door on the opposite side to the kitchen leads to the living room. To soften the ambiance, the hardwood floors feature a large textural area rug in soft terra cotta tones.

Credit List

Architect: Alexander Gorlin FAIA, with Jason Federbush and Glenn Goble, Alexander Gorlin Architects (New York)

General contractor: Hank Hill Fine Custom Homes

Structural consultant: Robert McKaskel

Cabinetry: Cherry wood

Countertops: Cherry wood; stainless steel; marble

Sink: Kohler

Faucets: Rohl

Ovens and cooktop: Viking

Refrigeration: Sub-Zero

 


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