Olson Kundig Architects Turn an Upper East Side Water Tower Into a Fantasy Penthouse
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Olson Kundig Architects Turn an Upper East Side Water Tower Into a Fantasy Penthouse

October 2, 2015

By U.S. standards New York is a pretty old city, and over the years New Yorkers have been pretty diligent about preserving its historic architecture. As we head into the future, we’re seeing more and more old industrial buildings being transformed into beautiful homes. A great example is this Upper East Side penthouse built inside a water tower that is not only awesome in concept, but is also stunning to look at. Lili and Lee Siegelson, the couple who own the immaculate home, worked with Olson Kundig Architects, and together they transformed two floors of the building into an apartment big enough for their happy family.

water tower penthouse,  Olson Kundig Architects,

The majority of the living space is located on the 17th floor, and the water tower (which is technically the 18th floor), contains the living room, kitchen and small office. In addition to the home’s renovations, the team at OKA also designed and built several custom pieces of furniture, including the bed in the master bedroom and the wood and leather banquette in the corner of the living room.

water tower penthouse,  Olson Kundig Architects,

water tower penthouse, Olson Kundig Architects,

The staircase leading to the 18th floor is enveloped by a transparent railing and finished off with industrial-style details. The upper floor is lined with expansive windows that flood the interior with beautiful natural light.

olson bedroom

The water tower is also surrounded by a rooftop garden making the home feel miles away from the city streets down below, and the master bedroom features a set of French doors opening to the romantic greenery just outside.

water tower penthouse, Olson Kundig Architects,

This home is truly a work of art, and up-cycling at it’s best. This old house? We don’t think so. To see more projects from Olson Kundig Architects check out their website here.


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