Ancient and Modern

Old houses pose many challenges as walls, floors and ceilings are very rarely straight. The owners of this charming property in Moritzburg, Germany, were undeterred. They decided to remodel the interior to blend the best of old and new. However their plans for the kitchen required careful thought.

This village house was built around 1750, long before modern kitchens – or even electricity – were considerations for builders. The family, a husband and wife with a 20-year-old daughter and two teenage boys, moved in around 12 years ago. Since then they have renovated and remodelled. They’ve brought the interior up to modern standards while accentuating the beauty of the internal truss construction. However, they weren’t ready to progress with their plans for the kitchen until around three or four years ago.
Having seen a friend’s Poggenpohl kitchen they were impressed by its quality and style and so contacted the Poggenpohl studio in Dresden. They came up with a design that picks up the black and white motif of the marble tiled floor with matt white units and black worktops. Although the clients had already decided on a monochromatic colour scheme they were open to suggestions about everything else.

For example, Poggenpohl Dresden proposed arranging the kitchen around a large island unit with an integrated hob and downdraft ventilation, overcoming the usual difficulties encountered with older, low-ceiling properties. Despite the traditional setting, the style is modern and minimalist which works remarkably well. The owners appreciated the professional advice from their designer about the most efficient and workable layout for major appliances, storage and working areas. All family members like to contribute to preparing and cooking meals, and their tastes vary from Italian cuisine to the more traditional local dishes such as schnitzel. Designing a kitchen for a 260-year-old property brings its own challenges. This is one area in which Poggenpohl’s ability to make bespoke units and worktops to precise dimensions made a vital difference. Although the room is neither square nor symmetrical there are no gaps between the Poggenpohl units and the walls they fit between.

Poggenpohl design that picks up the black and white motif of the marble tiled floor with matt white units and black worktops
Customer kitchen in Moritzburg, Germany
Noting that the design forms a beautiful and interesting contrast to the visual warmth of the truss structure
Poggenpohl´s kitchen impressed with the practical aspect, noting that the layout makes the best possible use of a challenging space.
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Germany Moritzburg - Customer Kitchen
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Germany Moritzburg - Customer Kitchen
Poggenpohl Brandbook - Germany Moritzburg - Customer Kitchen

The designer acknowledges that affixing the glass panels to the far wall of the kitchen was quite a challenge, given the crooked walls, but the finished effect is flawless. Another feature, the tall units with integrated oven and refrigeration, almost seem to blend into the walls, leaving an impression of uncluttered space. Days for this family begin early, with breakfast at 7am, before they go their separate ways to school or work. They reunite at around 6pm, and the kitchen is the natural gathering place, whether for a simple family evening meal or to entertain friends with something more elaborate. The owners are delighted with their kitchen, noting that the design forms a beautiful and interesting contrast to the visual warmth of the truss structure. They’re equally impressed with the practical aspect, noting that the layout makes the best possible use of a challenging space.

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