Water towers nowadays almost outlived their own. They are derived from the operation around the world, to decay, being demolished. But not everywhere! Some of the towers still lucky and they are entitled to a new life. That is what happened with the water tower in Antwerp, which turned into a modern house Woning Moereels.
I must say that the transformation of old industrial buildings into modern buildings of different functionality – in our it is very popular trend. To illustrate our words can recall his end-of- power station in London, which will soon become a new urban area, or a pumping station in Berlin, converted to residential apartments. Yes, and water towers, furnished as living quarters, we have seen, at least remember the towers in the Belgian city of Steenokkerzeel and the English county of Suffolk.
But, if the latter two cases the changes occurred in the towers, mostly in and almost did not touch the appearance, in the case of Woning Moereels it is not so! Thanks to the efforts of architect Jo Crepain, a water tower from the old industrial facility into a modern both in appearance and interior decoration of the house.
Each of the six floors of this new-old building has an area of six square meters, which allowed them to arrange for two bedrooms, full bathroom, living room, kitchen and room for personal belongings of people living in Woning Moereels.
Four floors (from second to fifth) of the tower are walls made of translucent material which allows light in, but slightly misses it out. This adds a special charm to the look of the building, especially at night. But on the first floor of the house, made in the old water tower, split a winter garden, which is a continuation of the city park on the outskirts of which the object is located.
According to the architect of this building, Jo Crepain, his main goal in designing the project was to create a clever blend of the old world of industrial architecture and modern buildings of modern Belgium.