Fireplaces give warmth and a sense of home to a house; they bring people together, making whatever room they're in an instant congregation space. Sometimes they can even be a key architectural feature, instead of being a mere decorative or simply functional object.
Location: Moscow, Russia
Year of construction: 2014
This architectural renovation was designed with one thing in mind: giving the owners a cozy, secluded space to rest. Every element revolves around the fireplace; the whole room, in a way, is an extension of it, making the fireplace a key element in the room's design.
Location: Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Year of Construction: 2014
This vacation home was designed to serve the purpose of entertaining guests; the clients wanted a house big enough to host a large number of people, but cozy enough for the times when they had a smaller number of guests. The fireplace, coated in weathered copper, takes a leading role in the design- it encloses the living room area, the heart of this project, creating the cozy space the owners wished for.
Location: Lake Steinsfjorden, Norway
Year of Construction: 2014
Architects: Atelier Oslo
This stone clad lake house has an interesting relationship with its fireplace; the house's layout encircles the fireplace, making it into the central point of a rotating axis that provides its architectural order. While the fireplace itself is not visually exciting, its deliberate spatial link with the house makes it a remarkable architectural feature.
Location: Kivik, Sweden
Year of construction: 2013
Architects: Sandell Sandberg
These group of houses, part of a Swedish development project, was built in a small coastal village; in order to keep the houses to the village's scale, and to meet the requirement of 45° roof slopes, they designed each house like a group of smaller houses. The fireplace, in each identical unit, serves as a separating element between the kitchen/dining room and the living room.
Location: Santa Rosalia, Guatemala
Year of Construction: 2011
Architect: Alejandro Paz
This house tries to be very respectful with its surroundings; it includes pre-existing trees into its design, uses a raw-looking concrete finish and mimics its terrain's irregular topography. Its floating fireplace separates the living room area into two different atmospheres : a more private one and an open one.
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Architects: Alexander Brenner Architects
Year of Construction: 2012
This house was built for a family of art lovers, which is why every single detail was carefully designed; the main fireplace was no exception, as it combines functionality and design acting as fireplace, wood storage and sitting surface. The house has two other fireplaces: one on the outside, which also acts as a wood storage unit, and one at the main bedroom. The wood for the master bedroom's fireplace is stored in the room's terrace, on a bannister that doubles as a wood container.