It is quite unnecessary to turn old buildings into museums and deprive them of people' presence. On the contrary, an ancient building can be turned into a cozy modern home. In Great Britain one of the 19th-century towers, which was built to defend the country during the Napoleonic wars, has been transformed into a two-story home, preserving both the charm of the masonry and the unique atmosphere of that epoch.
This tower hides a modern house inside
Such buildings were built in the British Empire in the early 19th century
Martello tower or simply Martellos are small forts built along the shores of the British Empire in the early 19th century to defend the country from Napoleon.
Martello Tower Y is located in Suffolk, UK
The old building was renovated in 2010, and this is how it looks now
After the renovation, the tower was put up for sale for $1.5 million.
The house has two floors with the first floor accessed by a metal staircase
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There's a living room with a fireplace
The second floor features an open plan kitchen living dining room
Moreover, there's the terrace, which offers a gorgeous view
The architectural critic Jonathan Glancey describes it this way:
"Stroll onto the terrace and you feel as if you've walked from the bridge of a modern liner out onto its deck, where you stand bathed in light and sucking in sea air."
Three bedrooms, two studies, and two bathrooms are located on the ground floor
It's not dark here, thanks to special light wells
You can walk up and down the stairs
The tower has won prestigious awards for its outstanding design
The Guardian called the Martello Y Tower "one of the most original and soul-stirring modern homes in Britain." Critics have also noted that the building combines a rich history with a modern flavor, combining the two with effortless charm
The conversion of this tower is exemplary because it has been done in a way that preserves the comfort of the 21st century without forgetting the beauty of the 19th century.
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