Site Specific 9 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:

McInturff Architects

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


Grand Prize Winner: Food, Fire & Water
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McInturff Architects

Washington DC

Featuring the SPARK Fire Ribbon Outdoor

Architect: McInturff Architects, Mark McInturff FAIA

Designer: Mark McInturff FAIA, Colleen Gove Healey AIA

Photographer: Julia Heine

General Contractor: Mike Lofgren / Lofgren Construction

Pool: Alpine Pools / Walt Williams

Landscape Architect: Lila Fendrick / Fendrick Design


Our client asked for a new kitchen, a screened porch and a series of outdoor spaces connecting to the interior, including a fireplace, pool, gardens and terrace, all on a very steep, tiny in-town site.

The excellent traditional formal rooms of the fine existing house remain and the center hall is extended through to the garden, incorporating the new kitchen as it passes along the way. As the route continues back, the ceiling goes up into a complex cubist cross-section. Here, the extended center hall stair arrives at a new 2nd floor screened porch overlooking the garden.

Directly outside the fully retractable kitchen doors is a small terrace with a fireplace embedded into the end of a new raised pool, allowing the flames to serve both the terrace and the kitchen. The direct juxtaposition of fire and water provides a powerful contrast of primal elements.

The challenges of the tightness of the site and its topography led to a complex interlocking arrangement of interior spaces and exterior gardens and terraces, all in a tiny footprint that accounts for every square inch.  It is possible to cook, dine, swim and sit by the fire, all within a distance of 12 feet.



Merit Award Winners

Here are four more inspiring SPARK installations:


A City Residence

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A City Residence

Boston, MA

Featuring the Fire Ribbon Vent Free 4 ft

Architect: Josh Slater

Designer: Greg Wilson, Warren Square Design

Photographer: Eric Roth


Braemar Hills Residence
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Braemar Hills Residence

Edina, MN

Featuring the SPARK Linear Burner System Indoor

Architect: Peterssen/Keller Architecture

Designer: Andrew Flesher Interiors

Photographer: Karen Melvin Photography


Occidental Winery Tasting Room

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Occidental Winery Tasting Room

Bodega, Sonoma Coast, CA

Featuring the SPARK Linear Burner System Indoor

Architect: Nielsen: Schuh Architects

Amy Nielsen and Richard Schuh

Photographer: Bruce Damonte Photography


Lambert Drive Pool Pergola
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Lambert Drive Pool Pergola

Princeton, NJ

Featuring the SPARK Linear Burner System Outdoor

Architect & Designer: Dacruz Segal Architecture LLC,

Sara Segal and John DaCruz

Photographer: Jeff Tryon

Princeton Design Collaborative


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