If someone told you to picture an electricity utility building, we can guarantee that you wouldn’t picture The Waterworks, a stunningly renovated former water and electricity utility in Brandenburg’s beautiful Scharmützelsee region. The building dates from 1908, and was saved from ruin by couple Tim and Heike, and their friend Wolfgang, back in 2008. Tim had already made a name for himself in the architecture space as a lover of unique buildings, such as lighthouses, which he transforms into creative places to stay.
The Waterworks is no exception: the six apartments are full of striking design pieces that set off the original, industrial features of the building. The E-Werk Loft, where former transformers and generators for the energy supply were found, boasts a free-floating bed and huge iron fireplace. The Wasserturm is perhaps one of the most romantic retreats we’ve come across, thanks to its four floors, each featuring ultimate indulgence: a circular bed, a whirlpool bath, a hanging fireplace and an observation tower from where you can watch the stars. This hideout is special, and we challenge you to not feel totally relaxed after a stay here.