Luxe Lodge collects 2016 HIA Kitchen of the Year award

The stunning kitchen of the Luxe Lodge project, which I photographed last year, has earned my clients a gong at the Housing Industry Association (HIA) national awards.

Architectural interior designers Ultraspace and luxury builders Stewart Homes were named winners of the 2016 HIA Kitchen of the Year on May 21 at a prestigious awards ceremony at Hamilton Island Convention Centre. I'm so excited for both companies and particularly the designer Mark Gacesa. This success is so well deserved!

Winners of the HIA Australian Housing Awards are selected from region-based finalists, with awards in 21 separate categories.

Ultraspace and Stewart Homes had already tasted considerable succcess with the Luxe Lodge project in winning several awards at state level as I blogged about earlier this year. 
 
HIA managing director Shane Goodwin, in congratulating all winners "for outstanding achievement in workmanship, innovation and design", said the awards showcased "building and design excellence".

As you enter the Luxe Lodge, the kitchen presents almost like a seven-star hotel's check-in desk. The only giveaway that it's a kitchen, really, is the sink and the stovetop. But the slideshow of images above, which I captured on tripod to showcase its functionality, reveals two entrances to a scullery behind, plenty of storage space, a hidden fridge and a drinks cabinet near the bar at far right. The design is simply ingenious.

The HIA's official award-winning projects guide describes the kitchen as "designed as a gourmet dining experience, incorporating an island bench, butler's pantry, scullery and breakfast bar".

It continues: "It shows outstanding craftsmanship and joinery skills, which resulted in all workspaces and appliances, including the fridge and oven, being completely concealed when all the doors are closed.

"A large glass awning over the bar opens the kitchen up to the home's outdoor entertaining area and the stunning mountain views beyond."

I still feel so grateful and privileged to have been given the opportunity to photograph this amazing project.

I'm also very humbled by the kind words since expressed about the service I provided and quality of my work by Gacesa - "what a great experience ... the images are spectacular" - and Stewart Homes director Ian Henry - "professional, efficient, helpful and very easy to get along with ... Fred’s passion for photography is evident in his work".