A conversion that may seem, at first sight, quite wrong. Transforming an old piece of architecture into a home with luxurious interior design and modern accents would outrage most architects.But in this case, the merging of the new and old does not affect the landmarks integrity and offers it a more specific attribute, the one of a luxury house with breathtaking views.This project-Venetian-Gothic Water Tower Converted Into Luxury Home in London-is just one example of a beautiful, minimal intervention.
The history of this water tower located in north-western London, England, UK is very interesting . Built in 1877 by Fowler and Hill, as part of Lambeth Workhouse and Infirmary (latterly Lambeth Hospital), the Venetian-Gothic construction has been a landmark of that place for centuries. In 2008, Leigh Osbourne and Graham Voce bought the tank tower for £395,000. They removed the metal water tank on the roof and converted the tower into a luxury home.The water tower now accommodates four bedrooms with extensive 360 degree London views , a striking living space entitled “The Cube” and a modern elevator-quite a luxurious interior design .
Each of the interiors display an impressive, minimalist-modern,luxurious interior design, witch created a series of contrasts with the exterior of the building. The choice of white for this specific interior reflects perfectly the huge contrast created in this architectural conversion.The interior offers clean, minimal lines with modern furniture creating an open, fresh atmosphere while the exterior preserves its old days “glamor”. The white was meant to serve as a background for colorful accents that unify this luxurious design. And, as a plus, the architects took advantage of the towers height in order to create a beautiful terrace with amazing views of the city.Old accents of the previous interior were kept, like brick walls,that now create a strong link between its Gothic past and modern present.
In my opinion the intervention is fantastic, because the old tower landmark architecture still has its former glory ,but you can also distinguish the minimalist modern changes in it . If I don t enjoy most of the modern interventions on old buildings , I think this one is original and beautiful. We are certain that the photos below will not leave you indifferent and we would love to find out your honest impressions regarding this original architecture conversion between old and contemporary design.
Photo courtesy to Leigh Osbourne and Graham Voce