Water Tower Repurposed Into House With Lots Of Stairs
Photos: Jasmine Van Hevel, Mauro Brigham and Olivier Papegnies via archdaily
A landmark water tower in the Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel has demonstrated again that almost any structure can be repurposed; in this case it has been converted into a single family house and meeting facility. Some might be a bit nervous living in it, such a tall structure so close to the airport, but if you like watching planes it is the place to be. The living room is on the top floor, so it is probably a good idea to like exercise, too.
Archdaily describes the work of Bham Design Studio:
The exterior of the tower was fully renovated to its initial state. Damaged concrete columns were repaired and painted, brick joints were completely removed and replaced and the windows in the floor top were enlarged.
The preservation of existing concrete elements such as the main water conduct, concrete ceilings, concrete stairs and the 250.000 liters concrete water basin were essential to preserve the strong identity of the building.