Kitchen of the Week: A Modern Space Thanks to a Traditional ‘Tsubo-Niwa’
Last week we wrote about Fraher & Findlay’s inspired update from a Georgian house. Today we are sharing their most recent project, a refurbishment of an old Victorian in Hackney, London, featuring a tsubo-niwa.
Tsubo is a unit of measurement equal to the area of two tatami mats (approximately 3.3 square meters); niwa means garden. As a compound word it describes a small garden with courtyard – and this is precisely what was added to the property to connect a new rear addition to the original building.
Inserting a quintessentially Japanese element into a classic European home might seem like an odd shift, but it works one way or another – and nowhere is it more apparent than in the kitchen and dining room.
Let’s take a walk.
Photograph by Adam Scott, courtesy of Fraher & Findlay.