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Water tower turns into a house

Image by Rob Jarvis

Water tower, near Sainsbury's Ladbroke Grove.
Planners in Kensington & Chelsea have approved the conversion and extension of a dilapidated 1920s concrete water tower that Tom Dixon bought three years ago in his native Ladbroke Grove. Dixon enlisted longtime friend Peter Harris of design studio SUSD to come up with the plan, which adds 12m in height to the existing 18m structure.

The house will expand over nine storeys — yes, there is a lift — including four new levels, with two roof terraces. On the ground floor there will be an exhibition space for Dixon’s furniture, with the living rooms housed in an open-plan, double-height cube extension at first floor level. There will be four bedrooms and a study in the upper levels of the cylinder with a lofty penthouse reception room.

From the upper levels, Dixon will enjoy views over Portobello, the landmark Trellick Tower and neighbouring Kensal Green cemetery.

Image courtesy of Rob Jarvis - www.robjarvisphotography.co.uk

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