Taking a canal trip in this town is a must. It is interesting to see things from a different perspective. Just to see the archetecture in this town is amazing.
Here follow some tips about a visit to the water tower in Alkmaar. It won the Watertower Award 2002 for its original restauration by the architects that now hold office there.
Part of the outside wall has been broken away to make a window and let in some light. The diagonal shape on the right is the bottom of the water basin.
The water basin can now be used for parties up to some 50-70 people. True, it looks bleak and no windows but it's an unusual space to decorate and party in.
You can hire the top floor of the water tower which is a meeting room and can hold some 20 people. Includes kitchen and toilet and a grand terrace overlooking Alkmaar and beyond. Truly impressive.
We were given a tour by one of the architects who was obviously very proud of the project. An elevator takes you to the 8th floor...
The water tower has been converted to hold the offices of an architects group. On this photo you can see how they changed it.