Wasserturm Pirach

Wasserturm Pirach is a landmark in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps between the Lake Chiemsee and the Waginger Lake. With a height of almost 30 metres, the water tower presides over the houses of the hamlet of Pirach. Its façade of silver-coloured sheet steel panels, which protects this 1950s-built structure from the elements, makes for a striking visual impact. The individual panels are staggered such that they make a dynamic visual impression – it looks like the tower is turning upward towards the sky. An attached cube, clad in vertical, charred larch wood slats, creates a contrast in both form and material, and expands the living space of the tower.

Inside, the tower was completely gutted to create the interiors. A private apartment occupies the ground and first floors. The holiday home for two people is located on the second floor of the tower. The ambience is modern, but a few details like a part of an old water pipe and an information board are reminiscent of the former function of the tower.  The bathroom, bedroom and kitchen with a dining area are cleverly integrated into the curved space. The living area in the annex has a broad panoramic window on the south side, offering wonderful views of the Alpine peaks.


What to do

Cycling, hiking, visiting the surrounding towns Traunstein, Salzburg, Munich, Lake Chiemsee with Herrenchiemsee Castle.

Why we like this house

A successfully reimagined water tower!  

This house is great for

A getaway in the Chiemgau region, whether alone or as a couple – a beautiful spot for anyone seeking peace and relaxation.


Details of the property

Region/Town: DE – Germany, Bavaria, Pirach in the Chiemgau

Name: Wasserturm Pirach

Scenery: In the heart of a little hamlet with views over the Alpine peaks

Accommodation: Apartment

Number of guests: Max. 2

Architecture: Old & new, Historical

Completed: 1959 and 2019

Design: brüderl. Architektur & Innenarchitektur GmbH, Traunreut


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