the water tower_se11

contractor_project 1 design & build

built in 1877, the grade II listed water tower was purchased by our clients with planning approval, as obtained by Woodhall Planning and Conservation, to convert to a single family home |

acr were appointed and entrusted to take the project from the design stage through to completion and in the process tailoring the design to meet the clients, Leigh Osborne & Graham Voce’s personal needs & requirements and providing them with their dream home | this required several key changes to the original design including internal layouts; external finishes including anthracite grey aluminium cladding replacing the approved patinated copper cladding system; the introduction of 5.3m high full height sliding doors to the kitchen; living & dining areas of the ‘cube’ extension; and most significantly the retention of the original cast iron water tank which tops the building with the inclusion of frameless tinted glazed units offering 360° views of London |

the tower itself comprises of 7 floor levels leading off the retained original stone staircase, starting with its own self-contained plant room in the basement; followed by a gymnasium and then five bedrooms on top of each other with the third floor master bedroom being a mezzanine floor within a double height space with the dressing below and the prospect room with 360° views of London at the top | two new extensions, the ‘link’ & the ‘cube’ then provide the additional habitable & circulation spaces to complete the dwelling | the ‘link’ comprises the service core, lift shaft , utility room a wc and four bathrooms all of which are connected to the existing tower via a glazed curtain wall system | the ‘cube’ extension offers double height kitchen/dining and living spaces which overhang the ground floor garage | above the ‘cube’ is a 36m² roof terrace with an unobstructed of view of the London skyline from west to east |

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