Couple Gert and Benita Pienaar’s brief to Inge Wilkinson of Solo Architect and Chris Wilkinson of Wilkinson Architects was to transform the 1950s house they’d bought in Parkwood, Johannesburg into a contemporary family home designed around open-plan living and entertaining.
The existing kitchen was a big part of the problem. It was a dark space with minimal views that was ‘squashed in the middle of nowhere’.
As Inge says, ‘It didn’t connect with the rest of the house even though it was in the space now occupied by the dining room’.
What the architects did was build a dramatic expansive space that integrated the original kitchen and forms one continuous living area. ‘By creating a galley-style kitchen, and forming a flow to the dining and living areas, it’s now the heart of the open-plan hub’.
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