Although the Chimney House is a thoroughly contemporary design, the home’s aesthetic pays homage to the area’s traditional farmhouse vernacular. Designed by Dekleva Gregoric Architects, the home in Logatec, Slovenia is clad in dark timber panels and it features a striking gabled roof. However, the heart of the design is a massive chimney that runs from the bottom floor to the roof, defining the home’s playful shape.
The Chimney House is located on the edge of town and it’s designed to blend into the rustic area. The home is clad in traditional dark larch boards, and it draws inspiration from the traditional barns found throughout the area. However, the home’s monolithic shape gives it a strong modern character.
A massive chimney with a wooden stove is located in the kitchen, which holds court as the center of the homeowners’ private and social life. The position of the chimney was central to the design, determining the layout of the interior spaces. The interior design is also a mix of old and new, with oiled oak paneling used for almost all of the surfaces. The slanted ceilings, which are covered in reinforced concrete, enhance the playful shape of the home. The large chimney reaches up through the interior to “break open” a linear skylight that runs the length of the roof’s apex, allowing optimal natural light to flood the home.
Photography by Flavio Coddou