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Interview: Ruud Visser transforms old churches and water towers into incredible modern homes
Since House in a Church, Visser has gone on to work on other similar projects involving architectural reinterpretation, including one project named Water Tower Meerkerk, which also aims to create a family residence out of an existing structure — this time from an old industrial water tower.
“The water tower in Meerkerk is one of many water towers which is not in function anymore as a reservoir for drinking water, [but] the tower is a protected monument and a characteristic landmark,” Visser says. “Recently a family of four from Meerkerk bought the tower with the intention to convert it into a single family house…Our goal is not only to preserve a valuable industrial object, but at the same time to make a contribution to the quality of a contemporary build environment.”
Ultimately, this twin desire to create and preserve is what seems to drive all of Visser’s architecture, adding a noble twist to other forms of architectural inspiration. “Like a poem on a wall of an old schoolteacher’s house from which [we build] an elderly home…Sometimes our designs are only interventions into the environment…and sometimes our design is just a moment in time.”
Photos by René de Wit
Alex Levin is a writer for Granite Transformations, a remodeling company dedicated to advancing green remodeling practices by finding new ways to recycle and reduce waste like making countertops out of blue Skyy vodka bottles.
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