Feldman Architecture partner Chris Kurrle says the natural features of the land guide their designs – championing architecture that responds sensitively to the site itself. Flush floor transitions underpin what Chris describes as a “thoughtful blend of indoor and outdoor environments”; “using a consistent materiality on the floor such as concrete, stone or tiles to foster a sense of visual harmony,” Chris adds.
Feldman Architecture’s portfolio of outdoor living spaces prioritises solar exposure, orientation towards views and natural protection from the elements. When designing an outdoor kitchen, they work intimately with the client to understand the type of cooking they envision happening outside; “Will they be grilling, smoking, cooking, or simply hosting and entertaining? This allows us to craft a customised floor plan, as well as source the most appropriate and highest-quality appliances,” Chris says. “Often, these spaces act as outdoor catering kitchens and hosting spaces, focused heavily on larger events,” he adds.
For entertaining, Kalamazoo’s Hybrid Fire Grill is their most well-known offering. Combining gas, wood and charcoal in a grill saw them invent the category they’ve been dedicated to perfecting ever since. The Hybrid Fire Grill features heavy, cast stainless steel burners and uniform heat for smoking, roasting and baking.