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Incorporating Fire in External Projects: Tips and Examples for Fireplaces

Whidbey Island Farm Retreat / mwworks. Image © Kevin ScottFireplace for Children / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter. Image © Jason Havneraas & Grethe FredriksenCarraig Ridge Fireplace / Young Projects. Image © Bent René SynnevågVC House / Dumay Arquitectos. Image © Ignacio Infante Cobo+ 17

Yuval Noah Harari points out that, around 300 thousand years ago, Homo erectus, Neanderthals, and ancestors of Homo sapiens already used fire daily. According to the author of the international bestseller “Sapiens,” fire created the first significant gap between man and other animals. "By domesticating fire, humans gained control of an obedient and potentially limitless force." Some scholars even believe that there is a direct relationship between the advent of the habit of cooking food (possibly due to the domestication of fire) and the shortening of the intestinal tract and growth of the human brain, which allowed human beings to develop and create everything we now have.

Carraig Ridge Fireplace / Young Projects

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35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

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From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.

Villa S / Saunders Architecture

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Flatanger, Norway

Slice / Saunders Architecture

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Haugesund, Norway

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Forest Stair in Stokke / Saunders Architecture

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Tower Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Bay Roberts, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  47
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Squish Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Bay Roberts, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Bridge Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Bay Roberts, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Fogo Island Long Studio / Saunders Architecture

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Bay Roberts, Canada
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  120
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009