At this Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house in Northern California, an outdoor fireplace seamlessly integrates into a structural concrete block wall on the deck, adding to the structure's overall visual language.
After living on and studying a woodsy acre of land in North Zealand, Denmark, architect Jesper Brask cleared a stand of pine trees and, from the timber, built a getaway open to its surroundings. The house, which Brask shares with his wife, Lene, and sons, Kristian, Jens, and Niels, is used mainly in summer, when the weather is optimal for throwing open the glass doors. A hearth lies at the heart of a home, even in a summer getaway, lending brick to the structure's varied geometry and material palette.
Clean-lined, rectilinear forms define this chimney with back-to-back indoor and outdoor fireplaces of this renovated rowhouse in downtown Manhattan. Anchoring the steel-and-glass wall of the rear addition, it allows the courtyard to be used well into autumn as an extension of the living space.
Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the ground itself, 300 feet underground. Outside, a red chimney and strategic diagonals throw accents against the simple silhouette.