Sub-Zero and Wolf 2013-2014 Kitchen Design Contest: 1st Time Entry Award. Often with Kitchen Design Contest winners, the kitchen is designed to be the focal point of the home, the social hub, the family gathering space – even the showstopper. But for this boathouse on a large lake near Toronto, the clients had a different request. They wanted a design that would integrate into the rest of the home, but not overwhelm it. It was to function with the living room as a venue for entertaining guests in a casual, comfortable way. The kitchen needed to have its own distinct identity, yet work within the broader context of the space. The main architectural feature of the home is an unusual one – a "tealight wall" that runs from the front entry to the back of the house, right past the kitchen. So the designers created a stunning wood-and-stone arch that not only contains the working kitchen – oven, cooktop, sink – but frames the tealight wall as well. A trestle table provides workspace and a casual dining area – the raw steel it's made of ties in with industrial aesthetic of the remaining exposed steel structure in the room. The refrigeration niche/pantry had a limited depth due to the structure, and the portion allotted to the fridge was only 30". So the Sub-Zero refrigerator fit the bill perfectly, even allowing for a wine storage and pantry area. The unit is clad to blend seamlessly into a walnut wall, so it complements the kitchen arch rather than competes with it.