Imagine this large room with a single pillar right in the middle of it. It would be like seeing a sheet of paper balanced on a toothpick. There are no proportions but there is an element of discontinuity. With this project we wanted to underline this sense of discontinuity in a positive and functional way.
By attaching to the pillar this double-sided thermo fireplace, which has these two glass doors on either side of it, we managed to balance out the original existing vertical effect and create a division in this large room thereby creating two spaces which could be used for different functions.
The fireplace is based on this metal-brushed plate, which expands out into a semi-circle in order to protect the parquet floor, which inevitably needs to be protected and kept at a certain distance from any source of heat. The same metal surface then reaches up and contours around the edges of the two fireplace doors in a way that recalls the principal used to build the staircase in the background that is made out of the same material.
The solution found for the air-vent, which is not to be left out and which is necessary for the correct functioning of the thermal fireplace, in fact perfectly complements the entire effect we wanted to create.