From old Belgian water tank to dream tower house with a view




Patrick Mets loves “old, industrial buildings” and he’s always been fascinated by water towers. After years of scouting the Belgian countryside he found one for sale (for 30,000 euros or about $43,000 at the time) and began working to convert it into a home.

“It was quite naive that we bought it because we didn’t have any permit to convert it into something else,” explains Mets. “And so it took us 12 years, 7 years to get the necessary permit and 5 years of renovation work.”

Working with designer Mauro Brigham (NC & Bham), they tried to leave as much of the tower in its original state. Fortunately the 30-meter-high (90 feet) tower was built with windows- an oddity for a water tower-, but forty of them keep the converted home well lit.

The water tank itself was kept mainly intact. Brigham and Mets added a floor inside it and cut holes out of the sides for views and it now serves as the kitchen and living room.

After a couple years using the space as their full-time home, Mets and his partner Valérie Lecherf moved out to be closer to their daughters’ school. Today they rent the “Chateau d’Eau” for special events.

Chateau d’Eau (rental):
NC & Bham (interior design):

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48 Comments

  1. wecameasandys
    October 26, 2017
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    Very cool; id love something like this!

  2. ThatGirlLib
    October 29, 2017
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    I would've made a roof top garden and added a BBQ grill and chairs so you can have a cookout with a view. Plus grow your own food is always a bonus.

  3. Joseph Fang
    October 29, 2017
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    12 years !!!!!! come to China, only takes your a week.

  4. JCalibr
    October 30, 2017
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    an elevator though?

  5. Pedro Picapiedra
    October 30, 2017
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    Shoul put some lierre on the exterior

  6. Drive Your Own Lane
    October 31, 2017
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    Cool

  7. Thug Taters
    November 1, 2017
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    Must have some massive Cavs walking up on those stairs

  8. hanz2002coquilla
    November 1, 2017
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    Wow

  9. Jason A
    November 3, 2017
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    Coolest house ever!! Love these alternative ideas

  10. Mariana Peña Meza
    November 6, 2017
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    Padrisimo !!!!

  11. Charlie Holmes
    November 7, 2017
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    I wonder how much it costs to create something like this

  12. Lea Montes
    November 8, 2017
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    beautiful.

  13. Bob Anderson
    November 11, 2017
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    That tub would be very dangerous and difficult to get in and out of without grab bars. No thank you.

  14. Mohammed Ahmed
    November 12, 2017
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    I wish he made some elevator

  15. C-Martz
    November 13, 2017
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    dude got some money

  16. J.D. Turner
    November 15, 2017
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    This is something else!

  17. Jasper Edwards
    November 16, 2017
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    defitnitley hes a yuppie with all that high luxus interior

  18. Bolt
    November 16, 2017
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    Fuck permits. Jesus christ. Doesn't the government have bigger problems than people just trying to build amazing things. Things like that are why I'm for smaller government.

  19. John Wallis
    November 19, 2017
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    Perfect roof for solar

  20. Baby Blue Eyes 1
    November 20, 2017
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    What an amazing home!! Quirky but brilliant.

  21. Nodrodsky
    November 20, 2017
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    I would like it there,I like stairs.

  22. v1m30
    November 20, 2017
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    A few fortunes spent later you get a livable water tank…

  23. star rider
    November 20, 2017
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    people and there penis towers…what a waist of time …stop converting shit thats not a house into a house

  24. theresa42213
    November 21, 2017
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    lt looks huge to me!  lt would have been nice to see it all furnished.  The bathroom is gorgeous!

  25. RonLarhz
    November 21, 2017
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    Large space wasted imho.

  26. John Roddy
    November 21, 2017
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    7 years for the town planners from a Beautiful home ,from what was a eye sore.7 years to say ok red tape gone mad.

  27. Richard Thomas
    November 22, 2017
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    nice

  28. Jessica Woodmus
    November 23, 2017
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    I love the house the only downfall is fear in the kitchen upstairs whatever for you have to drive 20 miles on another floor to go to the bathroom and make sure you bring your snacks you don't have to travel back to the kitchen but other than that it's awesome….

  29. Acro Juli
    November 23, 2017
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    14 jears to convert it and only lived 4 years in it D:

  30. Жак Морозов
    November 23, 2017
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    Fucking whole village see you showering

  31. Ryan Privee
    November 24, 2017
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    very cool

  32. SHRED CT
    November 24, 2017
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    Bro you need an elevator.

  33. Ziggy The Man
    November 24, 2017
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    why dont they live there anymore??

  34. Victor Young
    November 24, 2017
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    This is such a lovely home!!!! I do love the unique design!

  35. Natalie /:
    November 24, 2017
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    Imagine hide n seek here

  36. Repper
    November 25, 2017
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    Must have been cheap, I might try to get 2 or 3 of these.

  37. erkdoc5
    November 25, 2017
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    12 years to renovate a house only to live there for 4 years.

  38. Lívia Quaglia
    November 25, 2017
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    How to make the perfect AirBnB, a guide.

  39. Flutzy Sniper
    November 25, 2017
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    Just imagine taking a dump while on your phone, you look up and see someone in the field just watching you…….

  40. Hennesg
    November 25, 2017
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    Id dont like the materials used and the overall aestetic. Feels cold and lifeless.

  41. ImaginaryMdA
    November 25, 2017
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    "The otheR paRt of the wateR toweR" come on dude, I'm from belgium, I can unroll my Rs, you can too…

  42. Totoro 19
    November 25, 2017
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    whaaaaat I used to live near this water tower !!!!

  43. BeagleBagel
    November 25, 2017
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    If I ever hav ethe money I want to live in a renovated water tower.

  44. Jaden Mich
    November 25, 2017
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    they were tryna find out that eetwos feet to usee

  45. Mid West
    November 25, 2017
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    Start Building Houses in Watrer Towers a whole division of Watrer Towers.

  46. Always Falling Short
    November 26, 2017
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    Is there a traditional name for this interior design style? This is the exact minimalist slick boring design I've always wanted. There's something about it that, only to me, it seems less gaudy and overbearing than other high tech designs. It seems more simple to me. I love all the thicknesses on the doors, from the fridge to the mirror closets. I even kind of hate how much I love it, because I also love colorful bright, less stoic designs normally. I just want my living space to be more of a canvas.

  47. Adam Turnbull
    November 26, 2017
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    Water tower tank made of cement ?? That puppy would have been history. I can imagine turning such a big building into a residential spot being a nightmare. I mean its 6 stories tall. If the windows were already there then no problem but cutting those in would cost a fortune.

  48. BLACK HAT
    November 26, 2017
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    This is the perfect house for an amateur radio operator, this whole house is an antenna tower!

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