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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.


Region DE – Germany, Bavaria, Pirach in the Chiemgau
Name Wasserturm Pirach
Scenery In the heart of a little hamlet with views over the Alpine peaks.
Number of guests Max. 2
Completed 1959 and 2019
Design brüderl. Architektur & Innenarchitektur GmbH, Traunreut
Published Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 2023, Tiroler Tageszeitung (WohnTTräume) 06/2020
Architecture Historical, Old & new
Accomodation Apartment
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), Hiking, Mountains
Same ArchitectSchneeganserhof

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One Comment

beckus beckmann sagt:
Unglaublich! bis auf das letzte I-Tüpfelchen etwas Besonderes! Urlaub von Anfang an - wir hatten das Glück, dass es geregnet hat und wir somit das Appartement und den Ausblick unbeschwert geniessen konnten. DANKE an die brüderl. für so viel Feingefühl und wundervollen Geschmack!
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