Rather than tearing down a 125-year-old windmill on their property, a family in Suffolk, England, turned to Beech Architects to repurpose the historic structure into something more practical for their current needs. The studio turned the derelict windmill column into a guest house that offers its occupants stunning views of the surrounding farmland.
The windmill was originally built in 1891, and it served as a source of natural energy for the previous landowners for decades. However, it lost its cap and sails dozens of years ago, and it has stood as a hollow cylinder since then. The guest house concept is a clever way to save the historic structure and turn it into something attractive and useful.
Naturally, Beech Architects opted to forgo the sails, but it reinstalled a cap that serves as the main room of the guest house.