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Water Tower Transformed Into Minimalist Modern Home
Posted By Andrew Michler On September 8, 2010 @ 6:35 pm In Architecture,Green renovation | 1 Comment
Chateau d’eau is a remarkable home made from a reclaimed water tower in the small town of Steenokkerzeel in Belgium. Interior design firm Bham Design Studio’s reinvention of the historic structure took a modernist turn by preserving the industrial construction of the original structure and playfully inserting sparse living elements inside. The tower contains six floors, each of which contains a fascinating live/work space. The renovation is intriguing, challenging and unexpected — a true stroke of design artistry.
The ground floor is an open entrance space that features only a small staircase to indicate the richness of the living spaces above. The second floor simply contains a mechanical room and storage. An open guest bedroom and small bath make up the third floor. The next floor houses the home’s main bathroom, where the centerpiece is a freestanding sunken shower  surrounded by an impeccably placed tub, water closet, and double sink.
A slender staircase proceeds to the bedroom, another simple room graced with a huge mirror  that cuts the space in half. Next to the mirror is a spiral staircase leading to the living area on the top floor. The huge room, entered through a small cylinder  in the middle, offers a beautiful view of the surrounding country. A subtle and stripped-down kitchen , dining room and living area float above a surrounding sunken corridor . Lots of open space encourages the residents to contemplate the endless countryside beyond, or the low flying airplanes landing at a neighboring airport.
Via ArchDaily 
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 sunken shower: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=158903
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/08/water-tower-transformed-into-minimalist-modern-home/new-14-20/
 huge mirror: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=158910
 small cylinder: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=158912
 kitchen: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=158908
 sunken corridor: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=158905
 + Bham Design Studio: http://bham.be/?page_id=218
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/76199/chateau-deau-bham-design-studio/chateau-deau-de-steenokkerzeel/
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