This Sleek Home is Cut From a 150-Year-Old Water Tower

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Determined to live in a home with architectural interest, great views, and a central London location, one couple transformed an old water tower into an ultra-modern home. While the place now is all glitz and sheen—what with its dollhouse-like façade, nine floors, and 360-degree views—constructing the home was a hulking and decidedly unglamorous task. Before the structure could become anything close to livable, the contractors had to deal with the Venetian Gothic tower's six-foot-thick walls, steel tank, and the, uh, current residents—some 2,000 dead pigeons. But, thanks to what was probably an obscenely astronomical budget, it took all of eight months to carve out and construct the glass-encased manse, which boasts four bedrooms, a gym, a rooftop terrace, an elevator, and—sigh—a glass-walled viewing room at the tippity top of it all. The result is a structure that has got the old-vs-new collision that makes homes hewn from historic buildings not just pretty, but also so damn neat. And think, all it takes to create one of these bad boys is an old building, a bit of elbow grease, and, most importantly, an absolutely hemorrhagic cash flow. Anyway, see a few more photos below.

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· Old Water Tower Transformed into a Modern Home [My Modern Met]
· All Past Lives coverage [Curbed National]

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