Adaptive Reuse: Turning a Pumping Station into a Monster Home


Images by Mark Simon for the New York Times

We have shown many projects built into water towers and WWII bunkers; there seem to be so many spread about Europe. Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset hang their hats in a former water pumping station, and perhaps it is too much of a good thing, the monster home meets adaptive reuse.

As is often the case, such buildings are cheap because people don't know what to do with them. They tell the New York Times:

"Almost too good to be true," Mr. Dragset said. "Especially considering the price, which was ridiculously low compared to any other European capital." He declined to specify but said it was similar to a typical two-bedroom apartment in Oslo, which is about $700,000. The renovations cost about the same as the purchase price.

Architects Nils Wenk and Jan Wiese worked with the artists to renovate the building into studio space and two private areas for the artists. The Times gives no indication of what it costs to heat this thing. More in the New York Times and lots of pictures in a slideshow by Mark Simon.

Tags: Berlin | Designers | Germany

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