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Jennings Residence


Winner: Most Innovative Kitchen Design
Winner: Form & Function Building Design

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David Williams
Tracey Togni

Jennings Residence

I want this place to feel like a worn slipper” was the brief from the client for this home in Warrnambool. The designer achieved this goal. This rural alteration needed to maintain as much of the existing as possible. The renovations do not give the feeling of a new build, but create an aesthetic of a home that has been lived in for a while.

The biggest contributing fact – besides the innovative use of finishes – was the fact that the Jennings’ kitchen looked like no other entry. The scale, texture, rhythm and colour of finishes work together to create a purely individual aesthetic.

The kitchen achieved the warehouse feel it strived for. The raw use of black metal pipes, reclaimed timbers and concrete give the kitchen a feeling of place and age. The client’s ‘abstract’ personality and ‘masculinity’ are evident in these finishes. The use of industrial switches and power points sit comfortably beside the metal dropped light fittings, and exposed timber structures.

Joinery is made to feel half assembled, and the ceiling battens finish in a raw alignment overhead. This does not feel or look like a kitchen, and the use of minimal traditional built-in cabinetry is concealed through colour.

There are some splashes of colour in the cabinetry, and this provides a visual spark to the room. Powdercoated black metal pendant lights confirm the exposed and industrial nature along with the black metal piping details.

There is a sense of fun yet function within this kitchen. A kitchen that will not date or become tired quickly; but one which will inspire warmth and good memories.

This project also won Residential Design–Alterations & Additions $200K–$500K and also Most Innovative Use of Timber.