Layered Effect

A creative material palette imparts style and interest


While renovating a Logan Circle condo, architect Richard Loosle-Ortega of KUBE architecture was tasked with integrating the kitchen with the home’s new, open plan. After removing a dropped ceiling and non-structural piers, Loosle-Ortega conceived a seamless design in which materials unify the spaces. “They operate as layers,” he explains. “Dark-stained ash, cherry and aluminum surrounding the fireplace are replicated on the kitchen island and rear cabinetry.”

Lights are encased in a slatted-wood “trellis” suspended from the ceiling above the island. The slats continue down the wall and provide definition to the kitchen. Exposed-copper pipes are a design element, while bamboo covers both the floor and one wall, where it conceals pantry cupboards and a powder room.

Renovation Architecture & Kitchen Design: Richard Loosle-Ortega, RA; Matthias Arauco-Shapiro, design associate, KUBE architecture, Washington, DC. Contractor: R. Construction, LLC, Takoma Park, Maryland.

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Custom Cabinetry: Countertops: silestone through Backsplash: Appliances:,, through Plumbing Fixtures: LED Lighting: Stools: