Water Tower in Belgium Converted into Single Family Home
Located in the Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel, this 30 meter (98.4 ft) water tower was originally built between 1938 and 1941. It was in service until the 1990s and was even used as a watchtower by the Nazis when they took over Belgium in World War II.
In 2007, Bham Design Studio set forth to completely renovate and convert the former water tower into a single family home. The exterior was completely restored to its original state, while columns were repaired, joints were removed and top floor windows were enlarged.
While the space serves as a private residence for the owners (a couple), they also rent part of the building out for exclusive events once or twice a month. The overall design is minimal and many of the original elements such as: the main water conduct, concrete ceilings and stairs, and the giant 250,000 liter water basin were kept to preserve the strong identity of the building.
Below you will find a gallery of this fascinating home, photographed by Jasmine Van Hevel; along with additional information about the layout and interior.
Chateau d’eau by Bham Design Studio
Location: Steenokkerzeel, Belgium
Project date: 2007 – 2008
Area: 450 square meters | 4,844 square feet
Height: 30 meters | 98.4 feet
Level 0 – Main entrance and garage (2 cars)
Level 1 – Technical room, storage and utility
Level 2 – Guest room with en suite and office
Level 3 – Bathroom with 4.5 meter high shower
Level 4 – Circular bedroom with dome ceiling and spiral staircase leading to upper floor
Level 5 – Living room, kitchen and dining room. Old elevator block now a rest room, library, cloak room and cat house
Level 6 – Steel bridge on level 5 takes you to panoramic terrace with 360 views and outdoor shower
[Source: Bham Design Studio]
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