This Fort Lee, NJ penthouse features breathtaking views of the river, George Washington Bridge, and Manhattan skyline. Natural light and an embrace of the gorgeous views that the windows in the penthouse provide are very important to the overall feeling of the space.
One particular challenge faced in this kitchen was the large column that is central to the kitchen space, which is a structural element that could not be moved or removed. To integrate this element into the overall kitchen design, an L-shaped island was deigned to connect the column and the wall and create multi-functional working and eating surfaces. An L-shape was also created with the structure of the cabinets, creating two distinct L-shapes that come together to foster two separate entryways into the kitchen space.
The main counter surface in this space is Cesarstone, with a butcher block countertop at the end of the island, which is bar height. This bar height portion of the island is constructed of natural oak with 2.5 inch thick panels. An architectural hood element was also included over the island, which is both a breathtaking aesthetic and a functional hood for ventilation.