Flexible Dining Space

Project: The Newtown Terrace

Client: James Pedersen Architects, in close collaboration with the homeowner.


The Brief

To take the general layout designs provided by the architect, and further detail the designs ready for manufacture and install. This required multiple site visits as the home was undergoing extensive renovations with frequent changes to the space, and coordination with other trades such as plumbing and electrical.

Terrace homes in most parts of Sydney are typically a narrow and long footprint., This home in Newtown was no exception to the rule. The space presented challenges but also gave many opportunities to find creative ways of incorporating storage without filling the room with bulky joinery, maintaining clear line of sight through the home to the courtyard space and natural light.

The star of this space is the nested dining table and butchers block counter.

With minimal bench space in the kitchen, this butchers block on wheels has the same counter height and stone top as the rest of the kitchen, so can be pulled up to the counter to give more space while preparing a meal. The shelf below give strength to the design while providing a storage nook for chopping boards and tea towels. Castor wheels are lockable to prevent small children wheeling away when they are clambering over the table in excitement.

The dining table works in the same way, leaving plenty of space for legs when sitting along the built in banquette seat or extra chairs along the length.

The configuration can be wheeled out into the courtyard when extra space to host guests.

The architect and client immediately agreed that Birch Plywood would give the warmth of natural timber and the slightly industrial nature of plywood as a material would compliment the polished concrete floors. Taking our knowledge of finishes we worked with the plywood to achieve a lighter appearance to keep the space feeling open and bright, while using a few clever tricks to hero the textural edge of this amazing material throughout the design. The overall appearance is strong yet elegant, and the pop of black on the kitchen dining table ties the space back to the kitchen, which features the same materials.

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