On The Edge - Cantilevered Worktops

There's no doubt that cantilevered Islands & Worktops look impressive but they also provide a huge amount of extra space and add versatility to kitchen surfaces. They are a great place to store stools to provide an additional dinning area or when entertaining extra guests. 

To us, the fabricator, the task can be intimidating but the proof is in the pudding when you understand the complexities of the intelligent engineering, which ensures the prestressed concrete worktop doesn't crack, snap or damage over time with everyday use. 

This time we took it to the extreme with a 1.5 meter cantilever over a 4 meter Island. To achieve this we cast metal rods into the island, which we compressed (pre-tensioned) by tightening bolts threaded into their ends - this puts the whole top under compression and keeps it from bending / sagging. 

This Kitchen Island was designed for a large, modern home with a contemporary open plan layout requiring a special feature to compliment the sophisticated interior design throughout the home. The cantilever section serves as a breakfast bar come dining table, designed around an owners’ lifestyle that flows around daily family life and frequently entertaining guests in their dream kitchen. 

Designed in association with Cake Industries and fabricated by Forma Studios.

tim sprules