Photo credit: Zecc Architecten | Stijn Poelstra
Architecture firm Zecc Architecten transformed a water tower in Utrecht, Netherlands into four luxurious apartments that provide panoramic views of the city below. This 19th century water tower, called Amsterdamsestraatweg Water Tower, was actually designated as a national monument before it was acquired by a private party in 2012.
The crown jewel of this development is the 4,305-square-foot penthouse apartment at the very top that spans 6-levels and makes use of the existing metal structure. To enter this dwelling, you go through a large wooden door from the street level before reaching an elevator. This lift lets you access the three studio apartments below the penthouse as well, all of which have an open loft-style layout.
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The challenge for this design lay in creating good daylight openings, a beautiful outdoor area with a view of the Dom [Tower] and good access with a lift and safe stairwell. In the ‘journey’ upwards, the more private functions have been placed at the bottom, such as guest rooms, relaxation area and storage space,” said Zecc Architecten to Dezeen.