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CREATING SPACES Malcolm is known for planning to create spaces that feel comfortable to be in. The sizes, layouts and proportions relate to people and how they dwell in a home. His is an architecture of space and functionality rather than aesthetic cartwheels and inventive new forms. This is not to say there is a lack of poetry. In this house details like a huge window in the middle of the kitchen bench, or the sunken outdoor space rimmed with seating, highlight how domestic architecture can be subtle, cosy, light and personal without needing to reinvent the wheel. The whole rear of the ground level was pushed out to create a large living, dining and kitchen space. The kitchen was positioned at a right angle to the living and dining area,

“YOU DON’T DESIGN

alongside the central corridor leading

KITCHENS TO LOOK

from the front door. Rather than

GOOD. YOU DESIGN

push the kitchen out to be in line

THEM TO WORK,

with the rest of the living/dining

AND THEN YOU

space, the kitchen was staggered

MAKE THEM

back slightly, hiding more prosaic

LOOK GOOD”

parts of the kitchen – the pantry is tucked furthest from the living

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