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A single-file kitchen (or one-way galley) has all of these along one wall;
the work triangle degenerates to a line. This is not optimal, but often the only solution if space
is restricted. This may be common in an attic space that is being converted into a living space, or
a studio apartment.
The double-file kitchen (or two-way galley) has two rows of cabinets at opposite walls,
one containing the stove and the sink, the other the refrigerator. This is the classical work
In the L-kitchen, the cabinets occupy two adjacent walls. Again, the work triangle is
preserved, and there may even be space for an additional table at a third wall, provided it does
not intersect the triangle.
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A U-kitchen has cabinets along three walls, typically with the sink at the
base of the "U". This is a typical work kitchen, too, unless the two other cabinet rows are short
enough to place a table at the fourth wall.
The block kitchen (or island) is a more recent development, typically found in open
kitchens. Here, the stove or both the stove and the sink are placed where an L or U kitchen would
have a table, in a freestanding "island", separated from the other cabinets. In a closed room, this
does not make much sense, but in an open kitchen, it makes the stove accessible from all sides such
that two persons can cook together, and allows for contact with guests or the rest of the family,
since the cook does not face the wall anymore.