A two-sided fireplace in a bookcase
TWO-SIDED WOOD-BURNING FIREPLACE
Studio Corde was entrusted with the redevelopment of the interiors of a 230-square-metre flat located on the top floor of a small building. The flat is spread across two floors.
The first floor, intended as a living area, consists of a series of interconnected rooms without doors. These include a sitting room, a kitchen with an island, a study and a small balcony.
The top floor is actually a bright attic, with exposed beams painted white, which can be seen from the entrance through the light oak staircase. It features a private living room, used as a reading room overlooking the terrace, the master bedroom and an en-suite bathroom.
Since the flue could go out through the roof and still be long enough to ensure a good draught, installing a fireplace on the top floor seemed to be a fairly simple task.
However, several difficulties arose due to the presence of highly flammable materials, such as wooden roof beams and parquet flooring. Therefore, the minimum distances from heat-sensitive materials were carefully studied in order to avoid any kind of risk.
Moreover, to protect the parquet flooring from direct contact with the fireplace, a kind of marble sheet protruding by about 2-3 cm was created to envelop the plasterboard cladding and then bends 90 degrees towards the floor.
A metal bookcase was custom-built around the fireplace, with uprights, racks and white lacquered shelves
The daily use
The fireplace is lit quite often to ensure an intimate and relaxing atmosphere on the top floor. The firebox can be seen from both sides, making it an ideal way of enjoying the fire not only in the bedroom but also in the reading room.
In addition to the striking visual effect, the fireplace heats efficiently with no need to turn on the floor heating.
Inserting the fireplace heating system into the bookcase was not as easy as we initially hoped.
Together with MCZ, we worked out a series of quite unusual technical solutions, which took into account insulation and the respect of minimal distances.
– Giovanni Sciré Risichella, architect