There’s nothing better than cosying up in front of a fireplace on a cold winter day. In addition to warming a home they can provide a room with a beautiful focal point. We’re currently feeling the full force of the chilly season and wouldn’t mind spending a weekend in one of these five homes featuring impressive fireplace designs…
GN Apartment by Francesc Rifé Studio is divided into separate sleeping and living zones, with a striking black fireplace taking centre stage. The architects have designed the timber flooring to step up, forming custom bench seating that incorporates a bespoke sofa and provides an intimate place to enjoy the warm fire.
Photography by David Zarzoso.Visit: Francesc Rifé Studio
This island retreat is arranged as a series of separate dwellings designed specifically for entertainment, sleeping and working. Perched high on a clifftop in rugged Waiheke Island in New Zealand, keeping warm is vital due to ferocious wind conditions. Fearon Hay Architects have designed a stunning fireplace that is accessible from both indoors and outdoors for maximum enjoyment.
Photography by Patrick Reynolds.Visit: Fearon Hay Architects
Located at the edge of a ski resort in Northern Quebec, Villa Vingt stands in contrast to the pure white snow with its dark timber facade. The contemporary mountain home features an impressive black metal fireplace that acts as a central meeting place, with a sunken living area to one side and the kitchen area to the other.
Photography by Adrien Williams.Visit: Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects
Clad with birch plywood, this cabin in the Norwegian forest follows the terrain of its surrounds with multiple levels that offer intimate spaces and amazing views over a nearby lake. The curved walls and ceilings compliment the dominant black fireplace that allows guests to enjoy it from all angles.
Photography by Lars Petter Pettersen.Visit: Atelier Oslo
Vipp Shelter is a prefabricated retreat that is made to withstand a wide variety of climate conditions. It’s been designed down to the very last detail, containing all the necessities for modern living. The sliding parallel doors provide natural air flow while the central fireplace keeps things warm in the cooler months. The fireplace’s bold, black cladding is in keeping with Vipp‘s sleek monochrome aesthetic.
Photography by Riikka Kantinkoski.Visit: Vipp