Gallery: Industrial Sprinkler Tank House Transformed into a Tranquil Ro...

Brian Messana's sustainable renovation of a rooftop loft called the Tank House has the same spirit as New York City's Water Tank Project that revives disused spaces to make them more appealing. Keeping the original loft more or less intact, Messana completely overhauled an existing sprinkler tank house to create something that resembles the tranquility of a treehouse among New York City's soaring towers and skyscrapers.

Messana re-configured the layout of the existing NYC loft apartment to enlarge the bathroom, which also received a new stone floor and polished waterproof walls to give it the essence of a calm, relaxing spa. The kitchen surfaces were refinished, as were the maple floors, which are now lighter and brighter than they were previously.

A new circular skylight was added to pump daylight into the rejuvenated space and the original staircase leading to the rooftop deck, an old and ugly thing, was replaced it with a shiny new, spiraling stainless steel staircase. This combined with a host of new plantings on the rooftop deck are designed to encourage the homeowner to use the space like a treehouse retreat among the towers.

+ Brian Messana Architects

all images via Messana O’Rorke

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