As industrial parts of cities are being transformed into living neighborhoods, there is a bright future for buildings that served as factories, warehouses. Just as it happened with a landmark Victorian-era water tower in central London.
If the owner of this home wants a bowl of cereal, he must first lift a 40-pound steel ladder into place and climb up several feet to a cabinet where he stores them. The desire to preserve large windows and the lack of available wall space prevented more accessible storage.
And right in the heart of the action is Lafayette Street, a truly extraordinary home. Built in 1905 and retaining many original features, this home offers acres of space and a vibe that’s exotic yet New York through and through.
The Lime Works, on the outskirts of Faversham, is a conversion of two water towers, made into an art deco-inspired contemporary home. The building was built in the early 1930s and was a functioning water softening plant until 1942.
Set in the Solent, a historically important strait separating the Isle of Wight from the Great Britain mainland, Spitbank Fort is a Victorian sea fort built on a circular base 50m in diameter. Now it's converted to a small hotel.
Today I show you an LA loft filled with the personality and character of its owner, Chris Cushingham, a design student who has made this home as well as his graduate project in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
This pumping station was built in the 1980s on an artificial island in the sea 300 metres off shore. The conversion preserves the landscape and architecture as a monument of Soviet industrial heritage.