Located in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, this water tower built in 1941 sits on a small lot measuring 52.5 feet by 65.6 feet. The Nazis used it during World War II as a watchtower and then, until the 1990s, it was a functioning water tower. In 2005 the “Chateau d'eau from Steenokerzeel,” as it’s known, became a protected landmark. In addition to a hefty overhaul of the interior, the structure received a lot of attention. Mauro Brigham, founder of design studio Bham, oversaw the interior design work. The towering structure was converted into a single-family home in 2007. Take a look at the interior here.
Architect Christoph Kaiser turned a dismantled grain silo, purchased online from a Kansas farmer, into a cozy studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The 190-square-foot space is outfitted with a highly customized interior that serves as a comfortable home for him and his wife. Inside, Kaiser crafted a curved interior that matches the silo's circular footprint.
Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria, has made hotel rooms out of retired concrete drainage pipes. After receiving a coat of varnish, a skylight, and a colorful paint job on the back wall, these pipes are ready for occupants.
Although not necessarily an ode to modernism, this abandoned water tower in Dąbrówno, Poland, was creatively transformed into a family home. Previously, the tower "was primarily used as water supply for steamed locomotives," says resident Stan Golanka. "After the interior renovation, we created a kitchen, a fireplace... a semi-balcony overlooking this sitting area, an entry foyer, a bathroom, and a small bedroom. There are 63 steps total," throughout the structure, Golanka continues.
Constructing a contemporary home extension in a bucolic region renowned for its untarnished hills can quickly provoke local controversy. So when Chris Dyson Architects began renovating a dilapidated, 19th-century gasworks building in England’s beloved Cotswolds, the firm came up with a clever way of respectfully adapting the structure to the rural landscape. The nearly 1,300-square-foot addition to a traditional cottage mimics the shape and materials of nearby barns while remaining distinctly modern. A circular tower echoes the former gas storage cylinder that once occupied its place. It houses a private study.