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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.

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9 responses to “Innovative Conversion: 1931 Water Tower Turned into Modern Apartment” - Add yours!

  1. herjitadhi soekirno said:
    March 10, 2011

    Wooooww brilliant…..!!!!!..like this

  2. Ody said:
    March 10, 2011

    The translation for the side view picture (15)

    dakteras -> Rooftop terrace
    slaapruimte ouders -> bedroom parents
    Woon/werkruimte ouders -> livingroom/ workspace parents
    Sauna
    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!

  3. March 10, 2011

    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 http://www.modernus.com/products/flush/

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

  4. mm said:
    March 10, 2011

    :D

  5. mm said:
    March 10, 2011

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

  6. March 11, 2011

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

  7. Kirpiks said:
    March 14, 2011

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

  8. March 15, 2011

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

  9. March 15, 2011

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

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