Monday, May 10, 2010

Water Reservoir Residence, Balmoral

Here is one of the coolest (figuratively and literally) projects to do with conservation and alternative use that I have yet seen. Pictured below is an ordinary concrete water tower that was constructed on a hill in the Brisbane suburb of Balmoral around 1939-40. These constructions are relatively common in Brisbane - they are simply very large rainwater tanks that store water which can then be fed down to the surrounding houses by gravity.(Photo: © 2010 the foto fanatic)

Later, when Brisbane's town water was delivered from nearby dams via treatment plants, these constructions became redundant. This one was sold by auction in 1992, and the imaginative new owners decided to convert it to a residence. The "adaptive reuse" project was developed by Brisbane architect Robert Riddel, and you can click here to glean some information about the water tower residence, including some internal photographs. Congratulations to all concerned - I love the whole idea of what has taken place here. The photo below shows the prime position of the tower, on the crest of a hill overlooking the Brisbane River.

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3 comments:

  1. Looks great inside! And on the prime location as well.

    I suppose the idea of re-using a water tower is no weirder than decommissioning an old lighthouse and converting it into a modern home. But the key words might have been "as demolition and removal costs were prohibitive..". It suggests that had the structure been easily destroyed, it would have been.

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  2. Maybe the BCC were the ones who found demolition and removal costs to be prohibitive & that's why they sold the property intact.

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  3. wow! That is just a fantastic place.

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