The Petite Pink and Green Kitchen in Kennington

In order to describe this kitchen meaningfully one has to set the scene with the outside of the building; this house is unique. ‘An ugly house in a pretty street’ say our clients speaking to Grand Designs magazine about their renovation; a self-build constructed in the 1990s, with quirky proportions that OWA Architects were tasked with remodelling to create generous living spaces and ‘to embrace the garden as part of daily life at the house’.

The challenges OWA faced included how to design the rear extension to work in conjunction with the steeply sloped catslide roof. They came up with a beautiful solution – a glazed brick wall, a nod to the tiled exteriors of the Edwardian and Victorian pubs in the area, with green framed windows that snakes around the rear, cleverly incorporating the tricky roof.

This extension significantly increased the ground floor space, which now feels light and open with a spacious open plan dining area. The kitchen – a small and perfectly formed element of the space – has a galley design. 

The green of the external façade is echoed here with Bonnington Green cabinetry. London Plane adds some softness and texture and pops of coral pink Ritzy are used playfully on the drawer fronts and recessed handles.  

Though small, the design incorporates all that is needed for a practical kitchen, including a larder and ample storage elsewhere. It has a logical layout, making the most of the natural light that comes from the end window. 

Photographer: French + Tye