The Lymm Water Tower is an award winning renovation of a once derelict Grade II listed water tower converted into a luxurious contemporary family home. Renovated by Ellis William Architects, the octagonal stone water tower is complemented by a new modernist wrap around double height extension. This highly glazed addition offers carefully selected vistas across the adjacent fields and considers the existing mature trees surrounding the site.
The Harris family bought the tower thirteen years ago with the idea of rescuing an unloved, derelict building and creating a minimalist family home of the future and, at the same time, safeguarding the future of a local landmark. The family worked tirelessly through complex negotiations and spiralling budgets to bring the project to fruition. Working with Ellis Williams Architects, the project finally got under way in June 2002, with the family finally moving in during the Summer of 2004.
“The internal changes in level delineate the roles of the various spaces offering style and function. Each habitable space is carefully orientated to experience the changing quality of natural light as the sun tracks daily from one side of the tower to the other. The vast panels of low-energy structural glass within the façade allow these spaces a sensory contact with nature and the seasons. The tower roof garden, 110 feet above ground level, is accessed via the original stone staircase and offers spectacular views across the Cheshire countryside and beyond.”
The new works in synergy with the old and has the feel and appearance of quality due to the careful and sensitive manipulation of materials and internal space – rich in commodity and delight – the benchmark of good architecture.
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