Water-tower projectContemporary Staircase, Orange County

Attractive living as an architectural experiment: a 136-year-old water tower, a listed building with a spectacular 360-degree panorama view over the City of London. The task, to transform it into a superior residence, initially seemed an absolute impossibility. But when the owners came across architect Mike Collier, they had found a partner who was to make the impossible possible. The tower, which had been empty for decades, underwent radical renovation work and was extended by a four-storey cube containing kitchen, dining and living room - connected by glazed tunnels and a lift shaft. The kitchen, realised by Enclosure Interiors in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with furniture from LEICHT is the very heart of living in this new building.

Shiny white matt-lacquered kitchen fronts (AVANCE-LR), tone-on-tone with the worktops, reflect the light in the room and thus create expanse and openness. The surface of the handle-less kitchen fronts has a horizontal relief embossing; depending on the light incidence, this results in a vitally structured surface. The free-standing preparation isle with its vertical side panels with a seamlessly integrated sink represents the transition between kitchen and living room. The fronts of the floor units facing the dining table were extended to the floor to do away with the plinth typical of most kitchens. Ceiling-high tall units on the wall provide plenty of storage space; the electrical appliances are integrated here invisible to the eye. Floor units on a high plinth which thus appear to be floating form the actual cooking centre within the kitchen, attached to the wall. A range of handle-less wall units concludes the glazed niche at the top.
LEICHT international: “Architecture and kitchen” in the centre of London. www.LeichtUSA.com

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jinnie russell wrote:May 4, 2014

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    John Hill added this to Houzz Tour: Towering Above London in a 7-Story HomeApr 13, 2014

    The only stair in the whole project is the original stone stair within the tower. Therefore, moving from the kitchen to the living room in the cube means using the stair within the tower, a circuitous route but one that leaves each floor of the cube open. To give an idea of the tower’s scale, the stair takes up about a third of the footprint of each floor. This means that each of the seven floors is relatively small (about 12 by 11 feet).

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    lollyonabiyi added this to lollyonabiyi's IdeasFeb 25, 2016

    i like the carpet on the stairs

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