Site Specific 10 Winner

Site Specific 10 Winners

SPARK Modern Fires Design Competition

 

The winners are here!

SPARK Modern Fires is thrilled to announce the winners in our annual Design Competition.

This year the entries were so impressive, pushing ideas to places we have not yet seen!

 

Congratulations to all of our participants but especially to:

John A. Chipman, AIA / Chipman Design Architecture

who was selected as the Grand Prize Winner In this year’s Competition.

 

Grand Prize Winner: 
Modernist Woodland RetreatHarbert, Michigan
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Modernist Woodland RetreatHarbert, Michigan

Architect: John A. Chipman, AIA / Chipman Design Architecture

www.chipman-design.com

Interior Designers: Julie Babcock, Bree Burkett / Chipman Design Architecture

www.chipman-design.com

Steel Fabricator: Fab-N-Weld Inc.

Photo: Ballogg Photo

www.balloggphoto.com

“Discovering Spark!

Just after purchasing this property, we were working at our West Coast office in 2016 and decided to attend Dwell on Design were we came upon the Spark Modern Fires display at the show, it literally stopped us in our tracks. Recognizing Spark from early research online, we were thrilled to discover that the craftsmanship, engineering and creative options were everything we had anticipated. The Fire Ribbon Vent Free 4ft Vu Thru matched not only the modernity of our vision for featured living space, but would act as a window through the space, framing the woods just beyond. Even more importantly, it eliminated the need for a vent pipe that would have literally sliced across glass walls and voluminous open space.

By the time the Spark firebox arrived onsite, materials and finishes for both the exterior and the interiors had created a palette of organic textures and natural, earthen hues. The fireplace surround would be visually significant from a guest’s initial view at the front ground-level entry as well as from the rear exterior elevation where it would sit centered just inside the large glass panels. Exterior materials had already initiated a quiet blending with the woods, from 100-year-old reclaimed Chicago common brick to an entrance wall of custom, raw Corten-steel panels. Once we stood and absorbed the interior space, it became obvious all at once that a Corten-steel surround would engage the interior and exterior in connected conversation.

We were already working with a local steel fabricator who had just installed our custom-designed railings and floating stairs. He met us on-site and we discussed possibilities for creating this unique custom Corten-steel surround that would float monolithic in the space. We ultimately determined that we would raise the box several inches from the floor, further enhancing its floating quality, and went on to design a puzzle of sorts from a series of bent raw Corten-steel panels that would literally snap into place. The intricacy of those dimensions was a feat that this artisan-installer believed he could achieve.”

Click here to read more about this project.

 

 

Merit Award Winners

Here are three more inspiring SPARK installations:

 

Winding Residence Living Room
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Winding Residence Living Room, Dallas, Texas

Architect: smitharc architects

www.smitharc.com

Designer: Jason Smith, AIA, Signe Smith, AIA

www.smitharc.com

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

www.stephenkarlisch.com

Featuring the SPARK Fire Ribbon Vent Free 3 ft

 

Southwestern Residence Porch
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Southwestern Residence Porch, Dallas, Texas

Architect: smitharc architects

www.smitharc.com

Designer: Jason Smith, AIA, Signe Smith, AIA

www.smitharc.com

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

www.stephenkarlisch.com

Featuring the SPARK Linear Burner System Outdoor

 

Southwestern Residence Lounge

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 Southwestern Residence, Dallas, Texas

Architect: smitharc architects

www.smitharc.com

Designer: Jason Smith, AIA, Signe Smith, AIA

www.smitharc.com

Photo: Stephen Karlisch

www.stephenkarlisch.com

Featuring the SPARK Linear Burner System Outdoor

 

 

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