Initially used for cover, shelter for soldiers in the Second World War; bunkers, concentration camps and huge concrete towers that are scattered over the beaches and the fields in the Nazi Europe are being modified and turned into luxury homes. The structures are solid and strong and it was a tedious and meaningless task eradicating them, hence this new trend has come about which is greatly profitable for the real estate sector.
A fine example would be the turning of a 30 m high water tower in the province of Flemish Brabant into a luxury home. The structure was initially built in 1941 in Belgium and was used by the Nazis for a brief period during the War. Years after it was declared to be a war monument in 2004 by the Royal Commission for protection and preservation of monuments and sites, Bham Design Studio started the work of complete renovation, converting it into a single family house, without disturbing the basic design of the same to keep its monumental value intact.
Spread over an area of 450 square meters, the newly renovated luxury home has 6 floors that house a 2 car capacity garage, technical room, storage and utility room, guest room and an office. It also has a fancy semi circular bedroom with a pretty dome ceiling as well as revolving stairs that lead to a huge and elegant dressing room. The rest room, library, cloak roam and an especially designed cat room too are connected to the main structure by an elevator block.
While the main water conduct and 250,000L concrete water basin are kept intact due to its historical eminence, the external appearance of the home has completely been modified to make it look more swanky and urban, with huge windows and spaces to let greater amounts of light in. The terrace opens up to a magnificent view of planes landing at the national airport situated nearby.