Recycling a water tower into a house
December 29, 2010

A water tower (or, if you prefer, an "elevated water storage tank") in northeastern Germany has been converted from its original purpose into a six-story home and tourist lookout. It wasn't a cheap process -- the New York Times says that the conversion cost about a million dollars -- but it's undoubtedly an unusual way to find a new purpose for an abandoned structure. Most water towers built today in the Upper Midwest are mounted on metal columns rather than the masonry and concrete used in the converted home, so it's doubtful that we'll see many duplicate efforts anywhere in our home turf -- though some towers are built with large-column bases deliberately to offer office space on the inside.

For those who wonder how these elevated storage tanks are filled, we direct you to our pressure-booster station pages.

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