H+K Detail Series

Fireplaces – Part One

Fireplaces are a gathering point, often the heart of a home, they add movement, comfort, security and warmth to a space. Because fireplaces act as a focal point their design is important, in fact it may well be where the design language is first conceived. The design of a fireplace needs to be both aesthetic and technical. This can at times be challenging because there are a large number of regulations that must be considered – particularly where we are designing a fireplace to be encased in joinery – as well as aesthetic challenges such finding a harmony between the placement of the fireplace in relation to the television, which is also a focal point in a room. Photography by: Nicholas Watt Jenni Hare Maree Homer