Utilitarian water tower becomes home for a photographer with a taste for Thunderbirds
Tonkin Liu for private client
Contract value: £575,000
Cost per m2: £3,594
This project converts a utilitarian water tower destined for dismantlement into a home for a photographer with a taste for Thunderbirds. The tank has been converted into a living room with horizontal windows cut into the steel and a roof terrace on top. Below, CLT panels infill the steel frame to form sleeping chambers, with only north elevations fully glazed. In the connected tower, a cantilevered CLT stair forms a compression spiral that stabilises the historic frame by delivering wind loads to the ground.