Chateau d’Eau: Water Tower Conversion by Bham Design Studio

By • Mar 25, 2011 •  Selected Work 

Mauro Brigham from Bham Design Studio has designed the Chateau d’Eau project.

Located in Steenokkerzeel, a municipality in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant, this water tower built in 2038 was converted in a single family six story residence.

Chateau d’Eau project by Mauro Brigham:

The History

“In a small terrain of 16m width by 20m long in the middle of a flat Belgian landscape, raises a 30m high water tower built between 1938 and 1941 for and by the village of Steenokkerzeel. It has been in service until the beginning of the nineties and was used by the Nazis during the 2nd world war as a “tour de guet”.

In 2004 a procedure was filled to protect and preserve the building witch the Royal commission for the protection and preservation of monuments and sites accepted.

The exterior of the tower was fully renovated to its initial state. Damaged concrete columns were repaired and painted, brick joints were completely removed and replaced and the windows in the floor top were enlarged.

The works for a complete renovation and conversion into a single family house started in 2008.

The Program

The program foresees two distinct profiles of users. The private and main user is the client, a couple living at the tower daily. Once or twice a month, part of the building is rented for very exclusive events targeting management people looking for a place to make workshops, high profile companies that seek a unique place to meet top clients near by the airport. Every room is equipped with the latest IT technology, domotics and the possibility to install projectors virtually anywhere on the top floor.

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