Greenwich Water Tower

Loates-Taylor Shannon, London, 2004


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Pavilion and tower in context 

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  • Pavilion and tower in context    
  • Exterior of pavilion at tower base    
  • The tower ‘front door’. The most-used connection between tower and pavilion is the first floor glazed bridge     
  • The tower-top observatory, the balustrading following the original perimeter of the water tank      
  • The bathroom on the tower’s fourth floor (with fire escape window)    
  • Circulation between entrance lobby and living area    
  • Stair between entrance lobby and living area    
  • New stairs approaching the tower-top observatory     
  • The different feel of the austere kitchen    
  • The view north in the two-storey tower entrance    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Forth floor plan    
  • Fifth floor plan    
  • Sixth floor plan    
  • Seventh floor plan    
  • Eighth floor plan    
  • South elevation    

Private house that incorporates a 40-metre high water tower into the design

At the base of the tower is a two-storey pavilion which features an entrance hall, kitchen and living/dining space on the ground floor, two en-suite bedrooms and a utility room above. There is a covered bridge into the 120-year-old tower.

The architect re-engineered this building with a room-stacking design that relates to its industrial past. A hydraulic lift is fitted alongside the tower stair which leads to a tower-top observatory level.


  • Begun: Nov 2002
  • Completed: Mar 2004
  • Floor area: 288m2
  • Sector: House
  • Procurement: Construction management
  • Address: Shooters Hill, London, SE18 4JY, United Kingdom