The converted factory loft trend has been going strong for over thirty years now and large cities are running out of factories to flip to luxury condos. So the exposed-brick and pipe lovers of the world have had to get a little creative with their raw space dreams.
So it was really only a matter of time before we got to this.
In the Battersea area of London, here are the newest in luxury living.
If you don't think you see high-priced condos in the smokestacks, you're mistaken. The condos ARE the smokestacks, of course. They've been a distinctive feature on the London skyline for more than 50 years, but only recently did someone think, "if I lived in those smokestacks, I'd be home by now".
The Battersea Power Station was commissioned in 1927 and at 560 feet wide and 338 feet tall, it remains the largest brick building in Europe.
This is the acrophobia-inducing cleaning of the towers.
The inside once buzzed with workers and these old-school systems.
The station has seen some action, surviving a fire and World War II relatively unscathed. It was a popular local feature in film and art depictions of London in the 60s and 70s.
But the production has been stopped since 1983 and the station has been vacant ever since. Plans have come and gone to redevelop the area for a monument, a football stadium and a theme park, but none of the projects ever took off. It does make a fine architectural relic.
Cut to 2012, when a Malaysian company purchased the station for renovation. Not only will the old site house several luxury condos and apartments, but also a huge shopping mall, restaurants and a panoramic rooftop garden.
Fortunately, things like the original art-deco features and art from the 1930s will be preserved.
The old windows will be repaired and incorporated into the design.
Even the skeleton cranes, once used for unloading coal onto the jetty will be able to keep their home.
The iconic chimneys have a long road ahead of them in the process of renovation.
To preserve their structural integrity, each of the stacks need to be dismantled and rebuilt. The new chimneys will look identical to the originals, but will have modern safety features for better reinforcement.
“Following exhaustive surveys and testing by leading experts it was found that any refurbishment of the existing chimneys would only ever be a short-term fix and not actually prevent the chimneys from continuing to deteriorate," Battersea representatives say. Still, Battersea is committed to preserving the chimneys as much as possible and considers them a London landmark.