For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 14 ship kitchen designs by architects and designers who create efficient space-saving kitchens.
The kitchen in the kitchen contains two parallel rows of units separated by a passage. It is named after the space for preparing food on ships, which are traditionally narrow, cramped spaces called galleys.
The layout of kitchens is often limited because it offers a large proportion of storage and preparation areas relative to the circulation space or when the kitchen space is long and narrow.
They are also effective because the chef can quickly and easily switch between tasks.
They are one of the most popular kitchen layouts. The basic layout of the kitchen can be expanded by adding an island between two driving units.
This is the latest review of our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for the home. Previous posts related to the kitchen include compact kitchens, breakfast bars, terrazzo kitchens and kitchens with islands.
Sacha, France, SABO project
The kitchen in this Parisian apartment is a hybrid of two popular layouts, which is part kitchen and part wall.
The counter is the length of the kitchen dining room and has a kitchen space at one end, where the wall-mounted oven and refrigerator are housed in full-height units. The whole kitchen contains a wardrobe of birch plywood.
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House in Red Concrete, Norway, Sanden + Hodnekvam Architect
Rough concrete floors are combined with pine cladding and cabinets in this classic kitchen in Norway.
Kitchens in the kitchen usually place a sink in front of the window with a hob on the windowless side, but here the look is reversed and the spectacular views of the mountains prove a nuisance to anyone working behind the stove.
The walls are covered with pine cladding or made of cement to match the floor.
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Apartment 308 S, Brazil, by Bloco Arquitetos
This apartment in Brazil was built in the 1960s by architect Lucio Costa and landscape architect Burle Marx. It has been redesigned with an open design that reveals its concrete structure.
His kitchen is organized in front of the house and combines a white closet with granite countertops. A row of cupboards facing the dining room is also a breakfast bar.
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Stan Barbican, UK, John Pawson
The minimalist overhaul of this one-bedroom apartment on the brutal Barbican estate in London has seen designer John Pawson replace Warren’s original plan with a geometric arrangement.
This includes a kitchen with a kitchen carved into the passage leading to the small dining room.
Full-height cabinets without arms hide appliances and things along one wall. In the other there is a small worktop with a sink and hob, with more storage space at one height.
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House Yurikago, Spain, by Mas-aqui
The built-in kitchen on the ground floor of the multi-level house Jurikago sees creeping gray terrazzo tiles, paired with terracotta floor tiles.
The end wall provides shelves on both sides of the full-height unit that hides the refrigerator with freezer.
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Kasa House, Japan, by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates
This unusual cross-shaped house in Kariya, Japan, by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, has an equally unusual kitchen.
The kitchen occupies one arm of the cross and consists of a stainless steel worktop with a generous integrated sink on one side and wooden cabinets on the other.
The wall behind the sink is open, providing a serving opening for a small dining area behind it.
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La Carmina, Spain, studio RÄS
The unusual layout of this conversion of an apartment in Barcelona, which is being renovated by the RÄS studio, has a square structure inserted into the living space where the bathroom and storage are located.
The gap between the cube and the inner wall was used to accommodate a compact kitchen on a kitchen that was separated from the dining room by a bathroom.
The asymmetrical kitchen has one polished granite countertop, which is divided in height to open a small window inwards. The spray is covered with mosaic tiles, as well as the floor.
The second counter has a pine surface and a splash.
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Valencia Town Hall, Spain, DG Architect Valencia
The narrow aisle in this Valencian town house is not wide enough even for a kitchen with a full kitchen. Instead, one series of units is shallower than usual and is also a breakfast bar.
The tiles are made of marble, while the floor is finished with mosaic tiles.
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Apartment 27A, Hong Kong, designer Eight Five Two
Smart storage solutions, hidden cabinets and custom furniture fill this kitchen in the Hong Kong area of Kowloon Bay.
A muted green color covers the cabinets below the work surfaces, with white cabinets on the walls and above-ground spaces providing more storage space.
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Apartment of 17.6 square meters, Taiwan, A Little Design
This former piano studio in Taipei measures only 17.6 square meters and 3.4 meters in height.
His kitchen is located next to the entrance hall, between two load-bearing walls. It fits a lot in its small footprint, storage that reaches to the ceiling on both sides, open shelves, and even a washing machine. The counter on one side protrudes to accommodate a small electric hob.
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Apartment Shakespeare Tower in Great Britain, Takero Shimazaki Architects
Also located in London’s Barbican Estate, this apartment combines brutalism with elegant Japanese details.
It features a mostly wooden interior, with mesh wood panels used as screens to partially conceal the kitchen.
The concrete on the ceiling remained exposed and contrasted with the wooden cabinet, while stainless steel was used on all work surfaces. The floors are decorated with black glazed subway tiles.
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House Galla, Spain, by Cavaa
Pop colors have been incorporated from other parts of the home into this kitchen designed by the Cavaa architectural studio.
The studio has equipped the kitchen behind the half-wall with a glazed partition that extends to the ceiling and visually connects the kitchen with the living room.
The cabinets are finished in light gray, which connects the storage solutions with the blue-gray floor of the terrace that zones the area.
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RF apartment, Brazil, SuperLimão
Housed in the modernist Saint Honoré building in Sao Paulo, designed by Brazilian architect Artacho Jurado, this kitchen takes on an industrial look and combines it with bold colors.
Large blue glazed tiles cover the floor, reflecting light through the space. The terracotta color is applied to the ceiling and lighting strips, while the electrical installation that wraps around the concrete walls is painted a light blue color.
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House Portico, Brazil, by Bloco Arquitetos
The open-plan kitchen of this house in Brasília by Bloco Arquitetos has a mixed palette that includes wood, terracotta and concrete.
The key design statement is the cast concrete counter that separates the kitchen from the living and dining area and turns the support pillar into a property.
The counter is also a breakfast bar and offers a limited amount of storage space in low-rise closets.
The other side of the kitchen is more common, containing single-ply wooden objects, plus a work surface and a spray of mottled gray cladding material.
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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks that provide curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous brochures featuring quiet bedrooms, upholstered interiors and colorful kitchens.