Take everything you know and think about kitchen designs and throw it away. Baks Arkitekter wants to challenge the way you imagine the perfect kitchen, to see what happens when you take anything but the obvious choice.
“A large white standard kitchen–dining area isn’t the right choice for every home,” says Rasmus Bak, architect and founder of Baks Arkitekter. At the studio, located close to Aarhus, Denmark, they don’t do ordinary solutions. Nothing here is mass-produced; every project is custom-made for the individual client and house.
“When it’s a big house with a view of the sea, the kitchen should probably play down a bit, while, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a cosy town house needs a tighter, more significant design. It all comes down to the house, but, most importantly, it must be something special,” the architect explains.
As you might sense by now, a kitchen is not just a kitchen if you ask Rasmus Bak. The way to a perfect kitchen is through a lot of hard work. One thing is to design the room itself; another is to challenge the clients to take bold decisions that make their upcoming heart of the home unique.
“We challenge our customers from the beginning. From the very first meeting, we bring mood boards, material boards, etc. to visualise our thoughts and find out if we are on the same page and which direction we should follow. It’s important that we are in sync with the customers from beginning to end,” Rasmus Bak tells.
He continues: “It’s actually not that hard to move people, but they are definitely braver when picking materials for summer houses than private homes. At their second residence, they dare to get out of their comfort zone and pick untraditional colours, surfaces or materials like pink marble, while the daily kitchen is more traditional and conservative.”
Photo: Ulla Bjulver
You’ll Never Work Alone
Besides requiring the best possible materials, a design project also demands the best possible team to execute the ideas, and team work is a very strong part of the DNA at Baks Arkitekter. No one ever works alone. Each project has two to three affiliated architects and an additional range of specialists.
“Our list of specialists is long: 3D designers, smiths, cabinet makers, interior designers, carpenters. They all have their own special skills, and, by mixing them with architects into different teams, we get the best of both worlds. We learn from each other and one another’s professional competencies, while increasing our knowledge to become better in our own field,” says Rasmus Bak.
In-house collaboration between the employees is a crucial part of the work at Baks Arkitekter. Whether it’s a kitchen or maybe a whole house, the studio always strives to design a unique piece of work that matches the needs and intended use of the clients, and makes it all melt together into a whole.
“At our studio, architects and designers are not two separate things; we wear both hats at the same time and we don’t disassemble the two. What we do, when working together on an interdisciplinary level, is making space and design melt together,” Rasmus Bak ends.
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