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This Hungarian water tower is offering a new kind of refreshment

A 1913 water tower has become a new refreshment spot in the Hungarian town of Debrecen.

Architects Zoltán Győrffy and Róbert Novák recently completed nine months of renovation works on the still-functioning tower, creating a bar, cafe, shop, gallery and observation deck within its concrete frame. Intrepid visitors can also scale the building via the climbing wall that wraps around its central pillar.

Called ‘Nagyerdei Víztorony’, the structure is owned by the nearby University of Debrecen, which it still supplies with water. Originally designed by architect József Borsos, it was transformed as part of regeneration works in the wider Great Forest area.

The bar and cafe have taken over the ground floor, while the gallery occupies the structure’s basement. On the top level, an observation deck provides views of the surrounding forest and city, including the Nagyerdei Stadion, a sports stadium that opened last year.



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