Morphology: The Z_Island is in line with a series of formal studies that have been performed in ZH’s Studio emphasizing the conceptual terms of “fluidity” and “seamlesness”.
Previously the “ Ice-Series” had its formal trigger in the observation of natural phenomena such as the melting of ice or the flow of glaciers and their moraines.
The two kitchen islands might be conceived as an elaboration on this theme.
Due to the application of advanced 3D software from the field of ship design the office is enabled to explore complex surfaces (NURBS_Surfaces) and their productivity for domestic environments.
A major benefit of this design language is that it will not only appear continous but it also blends in seamlessly into the ergonomic needs of a kitchen island.
The overall composition contains the main cooking island, the secondary island as well as a background of wall panels. The main Island is an elongated cantilevering shape (450cm * 70cm), which evolves from a horizontal cooking and eating surface continuously into a vertical digital surface. In contrast to this stretched figure the secondary Island resembles a point/drop. It contains the sink the dishwasher as well as a shelving unit.
The background is an elevation of a wavy morphological puzzle consisting of modular 60cm * 60cm thermoformed corian elements that are rotated and reassembled in various ways creating complex patterns on the interior walls.
Functionality: Both Islands are free standing. They are conceived as center points within a larger loft like environment.
On the main island’s top surface all cooking functions are inscribed plus a series of electronic features creating a futuristic outlook on what a kitchen might be in the 21st century. The table integrates nearly 2000 LED’s which are programmable by the user showing e.g. the cooking timer or the seating order. 3 aromatic scent dispensers are responsive to the users wishes to create certain scents in the flat. |An especially developed heating membrane is invisibly integrated in the corian surface and allows for keeping the food warm over an extended period of time. The food is prepared on an induction cooking hob that is flush with the neighboring surface. Via a main user friendly touch control panel all functions will be steered from a central point. In the main island’s vertical surface we integrated a flat LCD screen enabling the user to surf the internet or to watch the news in the morning while having breakfast. A mini mac is integrated underneath the LCD screen in order to allow for listening to Itunes etc.
As an extension of the Island serves a wall paneling system which integrate animated light sources as well as acoustic devices that will fill the atmosphere with changing light and sound according to the specific occasion. In certain areas these panels become more than a decorative speaker and light system. They serve as shelving unit doors and hide additional storing areas.
The overall environment is responsive to the users needs and might be adjusted addressing all senses in various ways.
Material: All cladding is manufactured from Corian Glacier White. Thermoformable properties as well as translucency and endurance are key factors for choosing this solid surface material. The vacuum forming techniques allow for manufacturing geometrically demanding surfaces and also build them with very low tolerances. The material’s solid nature strengthens its endurance in a highly functional and hygienique context.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects