In the previous post we discussed about how a glass house addition aided the privacy credentials of a historical building. And, now we have the ‘Cube’ (by Arc Restoration), a remarkable structural augmentation of an 1860′s Venetian Gothic style water tower (once owned by Charlie Chaplin). Built with glass facades opening to panoramic views, the squares-shaped extension spatially includes a kitchen and a reception room, along with an accessible roof terrace. Other than the Cube, the structural modification also comprises of the Prospect Room, a modernistic compartment crowned atop the 19th century water tower.
The overall area of the Cube and the Prospect Room comes to a whopping 4,483 sq ft (416 sq meters). This greatly complements the tower’s complex arrangement, which already comprises of user-oriented spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms, a gym, lift, cellar and a garage.
However, the scope is not only about the additive quotient of the glass volume. The juxtaposition of contemporary glass and linearity provides an essence of visual contrast with the more elaborate Gothic style of the original water tower. Of course, all of the visual glory comes with a price, and that price is translated into £4,750,000 ( around $7.5 million). For more details, please check this link.