Dutch Developer Proposes a 3-Room Hotel in a Decommissioned Wharf-Side Crane

Great views, private quarters, industrial chic décor. Who wouldn’t want to shack up in a retrofitted dockside crane? According to The Pop-Up City, a 50-meter tall crane in the city’s former shipbuilding district will soon be an available lodging option for incoming tourists (or intrigued locals). Real estate entrepreneur Edwin Kornmann Rudi got the idea to renovate the unused crane, outfit it with two elevators, and enlist Dutch firm Sponge Architecture to design three hotel rooms within the steel frame. One room will be the former engine chamber, while the other two rooms, located above and below the engine room, will be newly constructed and glazed with floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking views of Amsterdam’s harbor area. It’s Gustave Eiffel meets adaptive reuse. Construction is slated to begin later this year.

- Kelly Chan

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