Unique Contemporary Style

 26 Oct 2020

With its incredible overhead bridges and glass floor that overlooks the outdoor pool, this kitchen needed a strong design aesthetic to make its mark within the home.

This stunning architectural home is the result of a collaboration between a number of design and construction professionals including Sonja McAuliffe from Archertec Interiors who worked closely with DNA Architects and Mass Constructions to bring the project to life.

From the start of the project, this was always going to be an unusual and challenging interior with its own unique personality and design requirements. Sonja and her team were tasked with designing a kitchen that pushed the boundaries of creativity, with interesting and intriguing details that would complement the architecture. It also had to work properly as a functional kitchen with ample storage, set-down benches and enough area in which to move comfortably within each of the different kitchen zones.

Unique Contemporary Style

One of the first items specified was the Zip HydroTap Classic with filtered boiling and chilled water in a bright chrome finish to complement the other kitchen tap.

With the main kitchen tap being so tall, the Zip HydroTap Classic is the perfect counterbalance with its compact aesthetic. Safety was very important as the client as three young children, so instant access to filtered boiling and chilled water with a safety feature was of the highest importance. The Zip HydroTap location was carefully considered to ensure it was in a central place where it could be easily accessed to encourage the family to drink more water.

Unique Contemporary Style   Unique Contemporary Style


Unusual overhead bridges, combined with see-though floors with a view to the pool below, were the starting point for the kitchen’s design. The “bridge” concept is replicated in the island bench. The kitchen’s long island bench is longer than a typical slab of stone and this created the first design challenge – to achieve the desired length of 6300mm without having noticeable joins that would detract from the continuous surface. This was achieved by designing three sections with Arabescato marble at either end and a central work zone for the sink and taps which discreetly hides the necessary joins.

The main kitchen sink is undermounted to the main island stone top with joinery underneath to cleverly hide the service and plumbing in the central area of the island. Either side of this central hub are two suspended marble benchtops. One side links across to the feature tall joinery, the other is cantilevered, engineered with steel frames to allow this section to “float” and create a meals table.

Unique Contemporary Style

A combination of whites, greys and charcoals set the overall tone of the kitchen, highlighted in sections with stunning timber veneer feature pieces. Behind the main kitchen sits the butler’s pantry, which is in essence a fully kitted-out second kitchen.

With its timeless and elegant ambiance, the kitchen combines dynamic and contemporary elements that give this home a unique appeal. Fully functional with plenty of practical inclusions, the kitchen is an amazing space to suit the home’s incredible visual atmosphere and truly provide the “wow” factor required.

Zip HydroTap Classic Bright Chrome

PROJECT: Griffith Residence, Griffith Canberra, ACT
SPECIFIED BY: Archertec Interiors
PHOTOGRAPHY: Adam McGrath from Hcreations
PRODUCTS SPECIFIED: HydroTap Classic BC – Bright Chrome