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Tank House: NYC Water Tower Transformed into Urban Retreat

  • Posted by SHFT on November 19, 2012 in Architecture
  • New York's quirky, iconic water towers are being used for more than just great art projects these days. On the roof of a penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village, architecture firm Messana O'Rorke has transformed a terra cotta water tower into a Zen-like urban retreat. 

    Called "Tank House," the space was conceived as the quintessential getaway zone -- a room for reading, relaxing and listening to music. To create it, workers blow-torched out the water tower's cast iron-lining, and installed glass windows stretching up one side and a skylight that bathes the space in natural light.

    "The trick to the whole project was being reserved with architecture and design and letting the space just express itself," said architect Brian Messana. "We could have done a lot more, made some insertions of more windows, but that would have dematerialized the purity."

    The tower suite is just part of a larger unit that includes a roof deck and a two-bedroom penthouse. It could be yours for $3.6 million. 

    (via Wave Avenue)

    Photos via Messana O'Rorke and NY Daily News


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