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The Water Tower, Castle Acre

Utilitarian water tower becomes home for a photographer with a taste for Thunderbirds

The Water Tower.
The Water Tower. Credit: Dennis Pedersen

Tonkin Liu for private client
Contract value: £575,000
GIA: 160m2
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.

  • The Water Tower.
    The Water Tower. Credit: Dennis Pedersen
  • The Water Tower.
    The Water Tower. Credit: Dennis Pedersen
  • The Water Tower.
    The Water Tower. Credit: Dennis Pedersen
  • The Water Tower.
    The Water Tower. Credit: Dennis Pedersen
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