Steel & Glass InteriorIndustrial Family Room, Chicago
The addition is a two story space evoking the typology of an orangery - a glass enclosed structure used as a conservatory, common in England where the owners have lived. Evan Thomas Photography
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Drawn from the idea of a classic orangery, a conservatory used to grow citrus trees in winter, this two-story addition to an 1880s Italianate villa stands in stark contrast to the building’s historic origins. An industrial interior and a rotating fireplace complement the high-tech aircraft door.
Let it spin. Metal chimney technology also allows the fireplace to be a floating object unconnected to the ground. The Fireorb by architect Doug Garofalo takes the prefab metal fireplace to a whole new level. Allowing a 360-degree rotation, this is a fireplace that can be placed anywhere in a space — it's like something out of The Jetsons.
There are some windows on the sides, but this large glass wall is the main source of light for the living area. Note how rooftop access happens next to this operable wall: A mezzanine walkway leads to a door that opens to an exterior spiral stair.