Chateau D'eau (House) by Mauro Brigham
2010 - 2011, Silver A' Interior Design Award Winner
Inspiration
An strong respect of the existing structure (architecture) and bold and minimal flemish design dear to the client.
Creativity
Conversion of an old watertower into a house. A landmark building with huge efforts needed in isolation and integration of the technical installations and technology, a very diverse architecture language made of 8 sided spaces, cylindrical rooms, domes and 5meter high ceilings, a “vertical living life-style” and proximity of the national airport of less than 500 meters. These are the main ingredients of this very singular Project. The challenge was to create a home from an industrial building with strong character and unusual spaces. All visible concrete was painted in dark grey (almost black) while new wall covering (isolation) where painted in a light warm grey. Wengé floor was used in the living room area and in the main bedroom. 6th floor – Terrace with a panoramic view 5th floor – Living room and kitchen the tank was partially demolished (65%) in order to allow light to penetrate the living room, and kitchen. The space is wide open allowing the user to fully enjoy the 360° view. 4th floor – Bedroom open room with an integration of the dressing as a monolithic mirror that disappears and “creates” more windows and views to the exterior. 3rd floor – Bath room A huge walk in shower enclosed in black glass walls provide a sense of intimacy and coziness while multiplying the reflections of the windows 2nd floor – Gestroom & office Partially finished, the office furniture has not been installed 1st floor – Technical room Ground floor – Entrance hall and garage
Design Challenges
Conversion of an old watertower into a house. A landmark building with huge efforts needed in isolation and integration of the technical installations and technology, a very diverse architecture language made of 8 sided spaces, cylindrical rooms, domes and 5meter high ceilings, a “vertical living life-style” and proximity of the national airport of less than 500 meters. Finding the right balance between the existing architecture and the integration of the new design elements, technology and technical installations is a real challenge. in this case that process was even more challenging due to the unique features of the building such as the shapes of each room.
Production Technology
From an engineering point of view, the Chateau D'eau House by Mauro Brigham is a good example of a highly-developed project.
       
     
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