Kitchen Module Design

Introduction

Housing for Health survey data shows that only about five per cent of houses have all the health hardware needed to perform the fundamental healthy living practice- Improving Nutrition- the ability to store, prepare and cook food.

 Most kitchen areas in surveyed houses showed poor design and construction, use of poor quality materials and health hardware, and a lack of maintenance.

Identifying poor environments

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Existing kitchens in very poor condition.

Designing for better health

The design and construction of a prefabricated kitchen module unit has been developed. The kitchen unit could be used for the refurbishment of existing houses or form part of the construction of new houses.

Prefab Kitchen Gr1

Prefab Kitchen Gr4

The fitout of the kitchen adopted the components of the DesignLab ‘Improving Nutrition, kitchen design'.

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The problem

Most kitchen areas in surveyed houses showed poor design and construction, use of poor quality materials and health hardware, and a lack of maintenance. The poorest performing items in the house were:

  • the kitchen bench material
  • the splash back behind the kitchen sink
  • a lack of high level storage out of the reach of children and animals
  • the performance of all parts of the stove and oven
  • the performance of refrigerators and freezers, if they were available. (NIHG)

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Photos: Existing kitchens in very poor condition. 

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The solution

The design and construction of a prefabricated kitchen module unit has been developed. The kitchen unit could be used for the refurbishment of existing houses or form part of the construction of new houses. The size of the prefabricated slab is identical to that used for the prefabricated wet area module developed as part of another Research & Development Product. The fitout of the kitchen adopted the components of the DesignLab ‘Improving Nutrition, kitchen design.

Module Kitchen Plan

Drawing: Plan of kitchen module unit.

Prefab Kitchen Gr1 Prefab Kitchen Gr2 Prefab Kitchen Gr3 Prefab Kitchen Gr4 Prefab Kitchen Gr5

Photos: The fitout of the kitchen adopted the components of the DesignLab ‘Improving Nutrition, kitchen design.

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Trial projects

A prototype of this kitchen unit was been fabricated in Darwin (Murray River North) and has been transported to Groote Eylandt waiting installation under the SIHIP refurbishment program in Angurugu.

Trail ProjectTransportation by truck or barge is possible given the unit size and weight. Off loading and manipulation on site does not require a crane and hence reducing site
costs. These factors have been a key part of the design process to ensure high quality, robustness and the lowest possible cost.

The kitchen unit can be also included as a functional area together with other wet areas and be integrated into a single module. See also PRE-FAB SHOWER, LAUNDRY & TOILET BLOCK

Integrated Plan

Drawing: Demonstrating the Pre-fab shower, laundry and toilet block adjoining the Kitchen module.

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Where to next?

For information for architects, designers, students, communities, housing managers go to:

Healthabitat website 

Housing for Health -the guide

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B4 Improving nutrition – the ability to store, prepare and cook food

9 Hl Ps 4Indigenous people have high rates of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and renal disease. The primary determinants of these conditions are poor diet and lack of exercise. Poor nutrition is also a critical determinant of infectious diseases in children. In remote locations, changing to a healthy diet is complicated by factors such as low household income, high cost of food, local store management practices, and the ability to store, prepare and cook food at home. 

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Linking health and the house

Linking health and the house

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Parts of the house and living environment impacted by this product

Parts of the house that are impacted