Vienna Way Residence is a home in Venice, California. It was designed by the architecture firm Marmol Radziner and Associates, and it has one of the most beautiful and unique kitchens I’ve ever seen. Well, other than my virtual kitchen transformation that I posted about a little while ago!! ;-) In fact, this kitchen made it to the #1 spot on an episode of HGTV’s Top 10, which features some of the best-designed rooms in North America.
In this exterior shot of the house, the kitchen is in the center at the far end of the pool, where it bridges the two “wings” of the house. It literally is the hub of this home. If you looks closely, you can see that the kitchen has a green roof. It’s planted with Cape Rush and is visible from the second storey hallway on the right.
The kitchen’s green roof helps make the home more efficient — the approximately eight inches of soil in the garden helps to regulate the temperature in the kitchen below, reducing the need for air conditioning in the summer and and heating in the winter.
Now let’s go inside and take a look through the huge kitchen windows at the pool. Besides the lovely view, can you see what makes this space so unique??
It’s a sunken kitchen!! I’ve never seen anything like it, and I think it’s just spectacular.
The eating area is tucked in discreetly to one side, and the stairs come down into the kitchen from each of the two wings.
How gorgeous is the wood ceiling?? It’s walnut, and looks a lot like the walnut floor in our loft!! (Picture over there on the right.) The countertops and cabinets are walnut too. The colour is so rich and warm, and the grain is amazing. The unobtrusive pot lights ensure that nothing gets in the way of the amazing views out of the windows that surround the space.
How would you like look out over the pool — literally!! — while doing the dishes?!
I’ve found the oven and I think a microwave, but no fridge. There has to be a fridge in there somewhere!! I have no idea where… can you spot anything that looks like it might be the fridge?? And I’m guessing that the small dark rectangles just below the countertop are electrical outlets. You can see one in the picture below, at the beginning of the run of cabinets on the right.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this kitchen. Could you see yourself whipping up Christmas dinner here?? Or do you think you’d always order take-out Chinese and pizza so you’d never have to mess it up?? Would you be more likely to wash dishes by hand if you could stand at that sink and look out over the pool?? Hey… where’s the dishwasher?!
Be sure to come back tomorrow to read about the award-winning landscaping at the Vienna Way Residence…