Kitchen of the Week: A Clever Kitchen Built from Affordable and Recycled Materials
How do you create a spacious, affordable – and memorable – kitchen in a tiny apartment meant to be rented and then sold? Architects Ruth Mandl and Bobby Johnston of CO Adaptive in Brooklyn were still in the process of starting their business in 2014 when this order arrived. They decided to use recycled materials – they named the project The Recycled Content Apartment – and have since built an eco-responsible practice around creative renovations.
We think their kitchen solution always looks fresh and is full of ideas to consider. Film industry apple crates for overhead storage and a transformer island, anyone? Join us for a look.
Photograph by Peter Dressel, courtesy of CO Adaptive.
Located in an 1868 Cobble Hill structure in Brooklyn – at the time a new model of housing for workers – the apartment had been modernized over the years and came with a worn kitchen. “We were selected by a client who wanted to renovate the space as an income rental property with the potential to sell it,” says Ruth. “She wanted to keep the budget very minimal and maximize overall space efficiency.”
Thanks to the proximity of the existing window, the owner chose not to install a range hood. Ruth says that while dirt can accumulate in open warehouses, “especially on the cooktop,” it is easy to access the inside of crates for cleaning. “This solution isn’t for everyone – it works best for storing sealed cups, dishes, and food containers like mason jars that are used regularly, and yes, surface cleaning is required.”