A kitchen balanced between dark and light – set up in a rooftop loft overlooking The Marble Church dome.
The owners came across this sublimely located fixer upper. As an act of true metamorphosis, the owners have now turned the place into an updated rooftop loft with plenty of room for both dark and light. The owners chose to have Nicolaj Bo set up this tight and functional kitchen, which still manages to complement the history of the building and the neighborhood.
Generous light is thrown into the kitchen through the skylight windows and down from the upper floor, which has an open and airy heavenly feel, all painted white. With plenty of light coming in, and thanks to the totally simple and minimalist design of this kitchen, it was possible to choose dark, oxidized oak for the surfaces. In a team effort with the exposed oakwood beams, the kitchen becomes an integrated part of this historical house. The result is a calm and forward-looking kitchen.
We used marble, brass and oak – natural oak and oxidized oak. These materials impart patina and keep this kitchen a natural part of the building’s history. Right in the middle of the room is the eye-catching kitchen counter. The counter top is Pietra Grey marble, a color light enough to make nature’s own changing patterns apparent, yet dark enough to keep the balance between light and dark so crucial for this home. Oiled natural oak on the cupboard and drawer interiors gives light and warmth, providing balance between the inner and outer surfaces of the kitchen.
To intensify the striking effect of the marble counter, we have inserted a brass sink and coupled it with a Vola faucet. We also inserted a hidden exhaust inside the counter to avoid a hanging extractor hood that might steal the beautiful view upwards. Pocket doors give easy access to the heavier kitchen appliances. Hiding and sliding the doors away makes room for using the heavier equipment right where it belongs, inside the cupboards.
We managed to make the kitchen act as a proper functioning, darker contrast to the plentiful light that comes down from above. This design turns the kitchen into the lower workspace, where food is brought home and prepared, leaving plenty of space in the bright upper room for fresh air and reflection/contemplation, with the dome of the marble Church towering outside the windows.
St. Kongensgade was featured in RUM in February 2018. Read the whole story here (Danish).