The project consisted in installing a chimney in an apartment in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin. The apartment was newly built and had a preinstalled chimney connection.
The living room of the apartment accesses a spacious terrace directly in front of the space reserved for the chimney. The idea was therefore to create a space where it would be possible to sit, spend time, read and look outside while sitting next to the fire – the wood stove’s position allowing it to face the living room and be next to the new sofa at the same time.
Only being able to see the fireplace from a frontal position would have meant turning one’s back on the terrace, the views and natural light.
The clear, straight, precise and almost “hard” geometry contrasts with the choice of high-quality, robust materials, almost baroque in their appearance yet highly usable: the black marble with its conspicuous white veins, fumed oak for the shelves (more heat-resistant than natural oak), and Kvadrat upholstery in ochre for the sofa. The rest is painted in the same tone of white as the apartment.
César Trujillo Moya