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 outbuilding from the 1880s transformed into a modern family home. Located close to Basel’s historical Spalentor gates that date back to the 1400s, Missionsstrasse House represents another era of the Swiss city’s architectural heritage. Originally an outbuilding, the 1880s structure was part of a larger property that inclu...
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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 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 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 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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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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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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[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 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 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 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 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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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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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 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 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 cozy retreat designed with respect for a natural site with a rich biodiversity. Located on the Norfolk coast, England, in an area that borders a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), this compact building is specially designed to harmonize with the surrounding nature. Cowper Griffith Architects created the cabin with a
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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