Innovative Conversion: 1931 Water Tower Turned into Modern Apartment

Innovative Conversion: 1931 Water Tower Turned into Modern Apartment

We’ve seen a large variety of unconventional homes on Freshome, but this is a first. Zecc Architects managed the impossible: converting a 1931 water tower in Soest, The Netherlands into a contemporary home with no less than nine levels. As you probably already imagined, many challenges came with this uncommon “home renovation”.  According to I New Idea, light was the main issue, as the tower only had a few small windows. The solution? Inserting a three-level high window which lets light in without interfering with the tower’s mid-century appearance. All the rooms are circular and the connection between them is ensured through stairs. There is even an unconventional terrace located on the last level. Below you have the nine floor plans for a better understanding of this original and mind-blowing project.



  • herjitadhi soekirno March 10, 2011 at 15:47 PMLogin to Reply →

    Wooooww brilliant…..!!!!! this

  • Ody March 10, 2011 at 16:00 PMLogin to Reply →

    The translation for the side view picture (15)

    dakteras -> Rooftop terrace
    slaapruimte ouders -> bedroom parents
    Woon/werkruimte ouders -> livingroom/ workspace parents
    badkamer -> Bathroom
    Kinderkamers -> Bedroom childeren
    Speel-, logeerkamer -> play,- spare- room
    Woonkamer -> living room
    entree / keuken -> entrance / kitchen

    maybe you can use it, maybe you can’t!

  • Brinn Sanders March 10, 2011 at 17:19 PMLogin to Reply →

    What a great and innovative design idea–the doors would have looked even better without all those hinges. Next time I would suggest using flush doors, like the Modernus flush doors. You can see the doors at

    All the modern swing doors have concealed hinges which make them virtually disappear into the walls.

  • mm March 10, 2011 at 20:16 PMLogin to Reply →


  • mm March 10, 2011 at 20:23 PMLogin to Reply →

    This is house for healthy, physicly activ life. All those stairs every day…

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  • Pawel Majewski March 11, 2011 at 11:04 AMLogin to Reply →

    I always wanted to do that. But money is the problem.

  • Kirpiks March 14, 2011 at 19:01 PMLogin to Reply →

    up to which age can one live in this house? ıs there a way to add an elevator?

  • Laura Driha March 15, 2011 at 11:26 AMLogin to Reply →

    I simply adore this one!!! God, so brilliant!!!

  • Laura Driha March 15, 2011 at 11:27 AMLogin to Reply →

    You shoud have a “I just adore it” button! “Like it” it’s not enough!

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