I've always wondered about the glass shields that often enclose range hoods in European kitchens...my best guess is something having to do with fire codes, but please weigh in should you know the real story, dear readers.
In any case, that glass box relates quite well to the glass-fronted cabinet that fits flush with the wall. The other glazing-based elements in this kitchen—the two windows—pretty much assured there could be no wall cabinets in the room. I think this is a very successful example of doing much with little. spatialcode.dk