We've shown you some pretty crazy living quarters -- missile silos
, the list is endless -- but a one-time Nazi watchtower takes that list of conversions to a whole other level.
Outside a Belgian village named Steenokkerzeel is Chateu d'Eau, a six-floor luxury home that was formerly a water tower, but was also used by Nazi occupiers as a lookout in World War II
(if those walls could talk).
While the 70-year-old structure still has the eerie look of a Nazi "tour de guete"
from the outside, inside it's as sleek and contemporary as a Manhattan penthouse. ("Every visible concrete element inside was painted in dark grey in order to mark the old from the new," says Bham
, the interior architects at the helm of the redesign).
Owing in large part to a complete gutting and renovation in 2008 that left just the structure's concrete skeleton. The tower -- which was believed to have been built sometime between 1938 and 1941 -- was then split into six floors, had an elevator installed, and was filled with luxe furnishings not unlike those you'd expect in a bachelor pad. But without a doubt, it's still a highly stylish and creative conversion of what was once a somewhat awkward space.
The home features a bedroom, bathroom, and sprawling living and dining spaces. From the kitchen, you can view "incredible vistas" of airplanes landing at the national airport nearby. The home even boasts a luxury house and cat terrace! See for yourself in the video below (warning: for visuals only, unless you speak French).
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