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Two-Sided Fireplace

Author: Roberta Landman
Issue: March, 2012, Page 184


Spark of Inspiration

Who says things for the home have to be matchy-matchy? Certainly not architect Dale Gardon, AIA. Nor his associate, architect Milos Minic, evidently.

Gardon, who had taken snapshots of elements he had seen on Italy’s Isle of Capri, turned the photos over to Minic and gave him “free rein” to come up with a plan for a two-sided outdoor fireplace, despite the fact that there was not one fireplace image in the bunch. What Gardon had mostly photographed were Capri’s intriguing walls, which were made of stone and bits of leftover roof tiles. 

Using similar materials, Minic came up with the idea for this unique two-way fireplace. Incorporated into a thick stone wall that divides a covered patio and its uncovered counterpart, it has two unmatched sides. The side facing the outdoor living room (left) has a welcoming, traditional form, while the side facing the pool (right) is anything but traditional. It is sculptural-looking, notes an admiring Gardon.

Above its sharply curving brick fireplace base, layers of terra-cotta tile step up beyond the mantel edge and enter a stone overmantel niche. “The fireplace is cantilevering out and scooping in,” says Gardon. “That’s tricky. You have to be careful of the flue and mechanics of the fireplace.”


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