A place for preparation and clean up
This design incorporates a sink cabinet and wash-up facilities into the center of the room -- always a difficult task. The raised-height dishwasher at one end is at a slight angle so you can unload it and put china into a nearby cupboard without moving your feet. The dishwasher can be loaded without interfering with food prep, cooking or snacking. In addition, there is room for a generous prep area and a semi-transparent glass screen to conceal unfinished dishes from visitors as they come in.
One of the reasons a design like this works is because there is furniture around it to support other functions. The size is compact (overall about 12 ft.) and the modeling of the shape is function specific with materials on the countertop related to tasks -- stainless steel for the wet area, end-grain maple for the chopping block and polished wood for the breakfast bar/severing surface.