Chateau D’eau Project
This post presents to you the intriguing project “Chateau D’eau” by BHAM design studio, who transformed the 70 years water tower into amazing contemporary house.
Second life of Belgium Water Tower
Would you ever imagined, that a Water tower could be transformed into a contemporary house? Well, that is a project of a BHAM design studio, who gave a second life to a Belgium Water Tower.The life of water tower began in 1938, when it was in construction for the village of Steenokkerzeel. It also served its purpose to the Nazis, who used the place as a Watch Tower. The tower was in use till the 90 of the XX century, when gradually it began the process of decomposition. In 2004 the Water Tower gained a status “for the protection and preservation of monuments and sites”, and in 2008 Bham studio started a process of transformation.
The tower was fully renovated and began its journey as a fully equipped, modern minimalistic house for a small family. The other parts of the tower are thought to be for rent once or twice a month for very exclusive events. Each element of the tower, which presented the historical meaning and gave the place its distinct personality, was carefully restored. This way, the tower retained its 250.000 liters concrete water basin, along with the inner concrete columns.
Overall, there are 9 objects that were renovated: the Main entrance & garage, Technical room, storage and utility, Guest room & office, Bathroom (with a 4.5 meters shower!), Bedroom, Living room, kitchen and dining room, Panoramic terrace, which distinguishes this Chateau D’eau from anything else. The tower is 30 meters high, presenting 6 flours accomodated to comfortable dwelling. The interior design of the tower is minimalistic, with a preferred colors being white, gray and black, living all the color to the outside views of the Belgium rural area.