The Modern Hearth: 5 Impressive Fireplaces in Contemporary Homes

By on December 5, 2013. Posted in , .

As winter is approaching and the days are getting colder, the fireplace is once again becoming the heart of many homes.
Traditionally, the hearth was the central and most important part of the dwelling… Times changed, designs became more efficient, but we as humans still love to gather around the fire…

Here are 5 impressive fireplaces which celebrate their place in the contemporary home:

 

The Combs Point Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is a beautiful rural retreat in Upstate NY with the most fantastic fireplace design one can imagine… This modern concrete hearth not only provides an impressive anchor for the mostly glass house, but seating is carved INTO the massive fireplace – brilliant and cozy!

Combs Point Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson + a great article/images by FastCo Design: A Modernist Dreamhouse Winds its Way Through the Woods 
The Modern Hearth: Combs Point Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Modern Hearth - Fireplaces for the Contemporary Home: Combs Point Residence - BCJ

 

 

House in Poland by Ultra Architects – via Dezeen: “Timber-clad seaside house with wood-textured concrete interior”
Modern Hearth: 5 Fireplaces for the Contemporary Home - Ultra Architects: house in Poland
The Modern Hearth: Ultra Architects design a contemporary fireplace for a house in Poland

 

House Ocho by Feldman Architecture (interior + exterior fireplaces)
Modern Hearth- Exterior Fireplace in House Ocho by Feldman Architecture
The Modern Hearth: 5 Impressive Fireplaces - House Ocho by Feldman Architecture

 

Extremely efficient + sleek: the contemporary wood burning Firestove. This one in the Creek House is by Morso and generates enough heat to not only provide heat for the living room but to warm the entire house.
Creek House by Studio MM
McKeel House by Marica McKeel
Modern Hearth: 5 Impressive Fireplaces in the Contemporary Home - Creek House by Studio MM

 

Fireorb – designed by architect Doug Garofalo is one of the most impressive contemporary fireplaces, in my opinion. Garofalo described the Fireorb as “a fire people can actually gather around. This kind of fire has deep echoes in the history of human culture. It creates a social space. It lets the fire be central again.”FIREORB.net
Fabrication photo from Garofalo Architects Inc.
Creating the Fireorb - photo from Garofalo Architects wesbite

Soho Duplex by David Hotson Architect via Inthralld
The Modern Hearth - Fireorb in Soho Duplex Loft by David Hotson Architect
5 Impressive Fireplaces: The Modern Hearth - Garofalo Architect's Fireorb in Soho Duplex Loft by David Hotson Architect