Architecture

Built the water tower for housing

The industrial landmark became residential building.

Built the water tower for housing

There are many creative building projects.

Someone is building an old bakery into an apartment, others are building the boat to find the full-year residence.

Moving into an old water tower, 30 meters above the ground, enters the range of spectacular house projects.

Built the water tower for housing

MODERN: The entire property is 450 square meters. Each concrete element on the inside that is visible is painted in dark gray to mark the old one from the new one. Photo: Mauro Brigham

The water tower, which has been converted into housing, was built between 1938 and 1941 and is located in the Belgian village of Steenokkerzeel.

The tower was in operation until the beginning of the nineties.

In 2004 it was decided that the building was worth preserving. The exterior was restored to its original state and the concrete pillars that were damaged were repaired and painted.

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Built the water tower for housing

NEWS OF GRAY: On the third floor is the bathroom equipped with a 4.5 meter high shower that was designed to maximize the experience of standing in a water stream. Photo: Jasmine van Hevel

A complete renovation and conversion to a family house started fully in 2007.

The owners of the building live here daily, but once or twice a month, parts of the property are rented out to exclusive events.

These are usually companies that will have workshops or customer meetings. Each room is equipped with relatively advanced IT technology and it is possible to install projectors almost anywhere on the top floor.

Interior designer Mauro Brigham is in BHAM Design Studio who has been responsible for coordinating the project.

He tells in an email to bonytt. no that the biggest challenge was to find the right balance between strengthening the tower, which has a unique architectural language, incorporating modern elements that transform it into a house.

Built the water tower for housing

GREAT VIEW: There is nothing to say about the view. Here, an SAS plane goes in for landing at the airport nearby. Photo: Mauro Brigham

While Mauro Brigham has stood for the interior, the garden and the terrace, architect Wouter Bilzen in Muna has been responsible for the rehabilitation of the exterior and that it is structurally functioning.

450 square meters of living space

The entire residence is 450 square meters. Each concrete element on the inside that is visible is painted in dark gray tones to mark the old one from the new.

On the first and second floor are guest rooms, offices and warehouses. On the third floor is the bathroom equipped with a 4.5 meter high shower which was designed to maximize the experience of standing in a water stream.

Built the water tower for housing

AIR: It’s bright and airy in the Belgian tower house. The ceiling height is five meters on the fifth floor. Photo: Mauro Brigham

The bedrooms are on the fourth floor and the fifth floor is the living room, the kitchen and the dining room.

At the top we find the terrace with 360 degree full panoramic views. Here you will find wood floors and outdoor shower.

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Built the water tower for housing

SPECTACULAR: There is architect Wouter Bilzen in the agency Muna who has been responsible for the rehabilitation of the exterior and that it is structurally functioning. Photo: Jasmine van Hevel

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