If you're looking for an extra special place to stay in Amsterdam, consider thinking inside the box with a captivating crane apartment.
Operated by Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, this cargotecture vacation rental on KNSM Island—the man-made island in the Eastern Docklands—is a striking blend of modern luxury and historic preservation.
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Known as the only crane that was spared from demolition during the transformation of the Eastern Docklands, this unique rental has been stylishly revamped into a chic boutique apartment. It also serves as a homage to Amsterdam's industrial past, as it is housed inside three stacked shipping containers.
Originally built in 1957, the historic monument was restored and repurposed with help from local interior designer Edward van Vliet, who led a tasteful redesign that preserved the structure’s integrity, while also peppering in industrial chic references throughout the apartment.
"Thanks to the original location and unique neighbourhood, guests can still feel the crane's history and enjoy ultimate comfort at the same time," says a representative from Yays.
The former port on the island is now home to a creative neighborhood with galleries, art workspaces, and boutique shops.
The three-story apartment was constructed from the original metal containers used to house the crane’s machinery. The double-glazed windows were built from insulating foil sandwiched between restoration glass that’s commonly found in the city’s historic landmarks.
In contrast to the containers' brightly colored exterior, the 430-square-foot interior features a muted, natural palette. Natural light floods the apartment through ample glazing, and rooms are positioned to maximize the surrounding waterfront views.
General Contractor: N.V. Haarlemsche Machinefabriek v/h Gebr. Figee (now Kenz-Figee)
Structural Engineer: Renovation - Structal Franeker
Lighting Design: Studio Edward van Vliet
Interior Design: Studio Edward van Vliet
Other (Renovation): Shipyard Talsma (sister company Structal)
Transport to Amsterdam after renovation: KTF