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The world’s best contemporary kitchen is found in Winnipeg, Manitoba, according to an international design contest.

The competition, organized by appliance company Sub-Zero and Wolf, received more than 1,700 entries in 17 countries to determine 53 regional finalists.

In the end, the “Hide-and-Seek Kitchen” created by architect Dovide Secter, of Secter Design Limited, was named the global winner for best contemporary kitchen. A $20,000 cash prize accompanies the award.

Secter designed the kitchen for his own home in the River Heights neighbourhood of Winnipeg.

“This delightful kitchen had all of the judges fall in love with it,” said Friedemann Weinhardt, one of the competition’s judges. “We were impressed by the clever cabinet designs, which allowed the kitchen to be clean and serene when not in use, and busy and functional when this kitchen is reclaimed by the young family.”

The home serves as Secter’s living space, as well as his office and show home for perspective clients. A modern and minimalistic design showcases Sector’s sense of design while providing cooking and entertaining space. As a show home, the kitchen required readily accessible storage to hide cooking equipment when clients visit the property.

For example, a motorized storage unit is built into the center of the kitchen’s island rises to reveal a number of small appliances at a push of a button.

Secter noted the design presented two challenges; creating a space that was functional, without clutter and conquering the home’s narrow design.

“There were severe limitations that applied to the entire design process. Creating a space that felt expansive became a challenge on a small footprint,” Secter said. “By utilizing different masses of the home, we were able to achieve a diversity of space, while maintaining the open-concept feel.”

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