Cozy throughout the year, a wood-burning fireplace can instantly transform a room and make it feel warm, in more ways than one. Taken from different interior design projects we’ve featured over the years, these photographs show a wide range of fireplace design ideas. From modern and sleek to more traditional or sculptural, these fireplaces double as a decorative feature in a living space. They also have one other thing in common. They are part of the social areas of a home, the places where friends and families come together.
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An Edwardian terraced house in London converted into an energy-efficient, sustainable home. Located in Muswell Hill, London, this terraced house is a great example of sustainable refurbishment and environmentally conscious re-design of a typical Edwardi...
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DF_DC, a renowned architecture studio celebrated for its inventive designs, has recently concluded an exceptional residential project, the Pyramid House, located in the beautiful town of Tegna, Switzerland. This awe-inspiring monolithic house draws inspiration from
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A wood-clad volume designed with a concrete “crown” and an interior courtyard. Located in Avegno, Italy, the BMA house has a minimalist, contemporary design that gives a nod to the surrounding landscape. Atelier Rampazzi created the one-story volume with a simple pentagonal shape that follows the site’s layout. The house...
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The elegant and creative redesign of a stove maker's showroom. Founded in 1962, stove workshop Pöhl is now run by the second generation of the family. A master stove maker himself, the client tasked Messner Architects with the transformation of the company’s showroom. Located in the crafts and trading area of Collalbo...
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A tranquil retreat nestled in a Welsh valley. Located in mid Wales, close to the town of Llanbister, Life House is a quiet retreat that immerses guests in a tranquil natural landscape. Celebrated designer John Pawson created the architectural project for Living Architecture, a company that collaborates with award-winning stu...
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A four-story concrete house built in a spectacular landscape South Tyrol, Italy. Located at the intersection between the Wipp Valley and Fleres Valley in South Tyrol, Italy, G House is a family home nestled in a striking Alpine landscape. Pedevilla Architec...
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A wood-clad house built among sand dunes on a beach in New Zealand. Built at the edges of a pine forest, among sand dunes on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, this modern rustic house immerses the inhabitants into a picturesque landscape. Te Arai Beach House was designed by Fearon Hay Architects...
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A serene house that welcomes the waterfront inside living spaces. Designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Suyama Peterson Deguchi as a 21st-century residential retreat, the Lake House offers the chance to live in a Zen-like space only a short distance away from the city. The contemp...
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A family retreat designed with three volumes that enclose a grassy courtyard. Located in the city of Leakey, Texas, this multi-family retreat stands in a tranquil setting on the grassy bank of the Frio River. Austin, Texas-based architecture practice Cuppett Kilpatrick Architects designed the compound with ...
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A remodeled beach house designed with expansive glazing that opens the interiors to ocean views. Located in Pajaro Dunes, California, this beach house has a creative silhouette but its living spaces had a limited relationship to the gorgeous coastal landscape. ...
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A concrete extension built alongside an old granite farmhouse. Located Guarda, Portugal, in an area known as Mora, this contemporary extension adds living spaces to an old granite farmhouse, which now can house only utilitarian programs. Architects Filipe Pina and ...
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An old house redesigned with refined interiors and a central perforation topped with skylights. Located in the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighborhood in Montreal, this dwelling has been transformed from an old house into a modern family home. APPAREIL ...
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A 19th century brick house, redesigned with warm, minimalist interiors and a sculptural staircase. Boston-based architecture firm Studio J. Jih and San Francisco-based studio Figure have collaborated to complete the renovation of a four-story rowhouse in Boston’s South End. Dating back to the 19th century, the historic building has brick walls and a width of 15 feet. The client commis...
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A house from the 1950s thoughtfully transformed into a twin-volume dwelling. Located in the Verdun borough of Montreal, Canada, Maison Soeur is a special project that has breathed new life into a 1950s veterans’ house. APPAREIL architecture completed the refurbishment and expansion in a close collaboration with client Catherine Gauthier, herself an architect. The post-war residence no...
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A refined one-story house that celebrates the memory of a site with contemporary and sustainable design. [dropcap]B[/dropcap]uilt in Sheffield, Massachusetts, this 3,600 sq.ft. contemporary wood clad home blends spatial poetry and childhood memories with vernacular architecture elements and sustainable building technologie...
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Reimagining a 19th-Century Brooklyn Townhouse as a Humanist Canvas for Modern Living Imagine stepping into a home that feels like an intimate dialogue between past and present, where each room tells a nuanced story of transformation. This is precisely the experience that the Ft Greene Townhouse in Brooklyn, New York offers, transcending the expected and offering a fresh take on townho...
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A black wooden house that hides a bright and airy interior. Minimalist and restrained, this wood dwelling in Neveklov, Czech Republic, refines the archetypal house form. The Ateliér Kunc architecture and interior design studio designed the structure with a saddle roof, providing a conte...
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A house with two volumes that nestle lightly in a mountainous landscape. Located in Morin-Heights, in a natural setting on the outskirts of Montreal, the Rolo House has a distinctive design that respects the existing landscape. To complete the project, architecture firm Alain Carle Architecte took inspiration fr...
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A tasteful union of asymmetrical volumes, natural materials, and light. Located in the Laurentians, near the town of Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada, Gauthier House blends into the forested landscape thanks to its refined take on the traditional brick farmhouse. The owners have a nearby horse farm and hired
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The renovation and expansion of a heritage house in Melbourne. Named Central Park Road Residence II, this project led to the complete transformation of a heritage house’s interiors. Australian, Melbourne-based collective architecture and design firm studiofour also designed a contemporary
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A Spectacular Design that Unites Intimacy and Grandeur, Celebrating Nature's Serenity and Beauty Michael Lumby Architecture and Nielsen Jenkins, have collaborated to design an architectural wonder in the Merricks Farmhouse. Situated on an impressive 50-acre property, the residence is a celebration of its environment, pro...
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A vacation retreat designed to maximize the connection to nature. [dropcap]B[/dropcap]uilt in a secluded area of Aculco, Mexico, this vacation home provides the perfect solution to take a break from modern living and relax in the middle of nature. Mexico ...
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A brutalist-style weekend house inspired by the abstract sculptures of Eduardo Chillida. Located in Trenthorst, in the Schleswig-Holstein region, Germany, this weekend home is built close to a fishing lake. Architecture firm Amunt referenced the abstract sculptures of artist Eduardo Chillida in the design. As a result,...
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A wood cabin inspired by traditional Swedish farmhouses. Located on the picturesque island of Nämdö, in the Stockholm Archipelago, Sweden, this cabin is a quiet retreat designed for two artists and their family. Accessible only by boat, the remote cottage allows the clients to relax completely in the middle of nature. Architec...
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A compact red cabin that references traditional Norwegian boathouses. Placed on the seafront in Hankøsundet, Norway, the Bathhouse is a distinctive cabin that stands on granite pillars as it extends over the water. Norwegian studio Handegård Arkitektur
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A contemporary extension added to a semi-detached Victorian house in London. Completed by DGN Studio, Concrete Plinth House is an architectural project comprising the renovation of existing living spaces and the creation of an extension. The clients originally tasked the ...
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An agricultural complex from the 18th century, transformed into a modern farmhouse. Originally built in the 18th century, the “Masia de Can Perpinyà” complex was used for 200 years for agricultural purposes but was abandoned in the 2000s. The building remained empty until 2020 when the new generation of the family decided to re-open the
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Discover the Rebirth of a Century Home in Toronto, Where Timeless Design Meets Modern Elegance Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood of Toronto, Canada, the Deer Park House stands as a reimagined century home, demonstrating the harmonious coexistence of history and modern architectural design. This home, revitalized by ar...
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A contemporary house with four linked volumes that give a nod to traditional Mallorcan architecture. Completed in a collaboration between Isla Architects and architect Fidalgo Magro, Casa en La Garriga (House in La Garriga) is a project that began in an unusual way. The client decided to hire another architect once the c...
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A wooden cabin designed with industrial accents and huge windows that overlook mountain and lake views. Built in a stunning location in the Pyrenees, in the popular Cambre d'Aze ski resort in France, Chalet LA opens to breathtaking views of a lake and the Cambre d'Aze mountain range in the distance. Architect Leymarie G...
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A single-family house built into a hillside that overlooks a coastal landscape. Built on a hillside in Astigarraga, in the Basque Country, northern Spain, Santiagomendi House opens to spectacular views of the surrounding rolling hills, the coastal landscape and the Cantabrian Sea in the distance. San Sebastián-based arch...
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A contemporary chalet designed to create a dialogue with a breathtaking landscape in the Italian Alps. Built in the Breuil-Cervinia Alpine resort, Climber’s Refuge has a sustainable design that also pays homage to the mountain landscape. LCA Architetti designed the contemporary
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A Corten steel and concrete house that pays homage to Andean traditions. Built in a secluded area, in an arid landscape at the foothills of the Andes Mountains, Argentina, Stone House has a contemporary design that subtly celebrates local traditions. More specifically, the vernacular “pircas”, a type of stone shelter...
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A low profile house built from rammed earth to blend into a desert landscape in west Texas. Built at the edge of Marfa, a small ranching and art community in the grasslands of west Texas, this house nestles in the desert landscape perfectly with a low profile design and a rammed earth build. Lake Flato Architects took inspiration from the area’s earliest architecture for the design, r...
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A concrete and glass house designed with open spaces and an interior courtyard. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ocated a short drive away from Buenos Aires, this three-bedroom home boasts a brutalist-inspired design. Architects Ekaterina Künzel and María Belén García Bottazzini collaborated to complete Castanos House, a home for Bottazzini and her partner. The raw
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A wood and brick house designed with cedar slats that provide complete privacy in an urban setting. Located in a previously abandoned plot in the vibrant North End neighborhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia, OG House makes the most of the narrow site with a vertical design. Omar Gandhi, founder of Omar Gandhi Architect, completed t...
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A charming house inspired by a wandering path in a garden. When the clients tasked Australian firm Architecture Architecture with designing their dream home, the brief focused the feeling of belonging to a place where the natural rhythms of pa...
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A modular, prefab tiny home customized with warm interiors. Madrid-based Tiny Mobile Homes designs and makes modular tiny houses and cabins that use prefab components to minimize on-site construction work and also reduce their impact on natural sites throughout
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Embedded in a woodland landscape, this retreat has art gallery-like spaces that open to nature. Built on the top of a hill on Orcas Island, WA, Collector's Retreat provides gorgeous views of a forest landscape. Seattle-based Heliotrope Architects designed the dwelling for a couple who owns an art gallery in Los Ang...
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A retreat designed with a cantilevered form that extends toward water views in the Pacific Northwest. Designed by architecture studio Heliotrope, this retreat on Orcas Island, Washington, makes the most of a challenging site to optimize the dialogue betwe...
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[dropcap size=big]R[/dropcap]ising from a mountain side in the spectacular Bergamo Alps in Piateda, Italy there's a structure that seems to have been recently built to suit that particular space. But Casa VI had been a ruin until the owners hired the talented Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti to ...
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A black armchair designed in the 60’s sits beside an inconspicuous fireplace, cradled cleverly within a white column. The furniture comprises of hues of oak and ply which stand out against the stark white of the walls. The light color palette used in the house is further accentuated by the abundance of daylight coming in through the numerous windows.There’s a very Scandinavian feel to the place...
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A sustainably designed and built holiday home that hovers over a hill. Located in a pristine area of Bliznak, in the Homolje Mountains, Serbia, Hemp House minimizes its impact on the site with a sustainable, eco-conscious design. The client tasked architecture team Bach Mühle Fuchs and Ljubica Arsić with the design of...
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A concrete weekend home built under an avocado field. [dropcap]M[/dropcap]any houses nestled in natural landscapes aim to minimize their visual impact on pristine sites, but Mexico City-based architect Francisco Pardo took a more radical approach for th...
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Designed with an L-shaped plan, this house organizes its living spaces around a meadow-like garden. Located in the seaside town of Bendalong, Australia, this residence is nestled in a verdant setting: between an olive grove and a national park. Architect Billy Maynard designed the house with an L-shaped plan that max...
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A refined apartment designed with flowing spaces and playful details. Located on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, NYC, this sprawling 4,000-square-foot apartment was transformed completely by architecture firm Michael K. Chen Architecture (MKCA) who designed a refined but playful home for a family of five. ...
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A dilapidated terraced house transformed into a bright and elegant home. [dropcap]L[/dropcap]ocated in Hampstead, London, this Victorian terraced house required a major revamp to become a livable place. The client, an artist, sculptor and ceramicist, asked Oliver Leech Architects to repair, extend and completely re...
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