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Innovative crane hotel swings into action over Amsterdam

by Katie Buckley | 13 Jan 2015

A hotel that has been constructed inside an old mechanical crane has recently opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The crane, situated in a former harbour, was set for demolition when its 50m (164ft) high structure fell into disuse. Since then, the hunk of metal has been transformed into the luxury Hotel Faralda, offering three suites and a hot tub with impressive views of Amsterdam perched near the top of the structure.

Each suite cost around £660,000 (€845,000, US$997,100) to construct and fit out, the unique and striking interiors were created by Dutch interior designer Edward van Vliet.

Originally owned by Amsterdam City Council and a protected monument, current owner Kornmaan Rudi purchased the crane back in 2012 for €1 (£0.78, US$1.18). He spent €2.8m (£2.2m, US$3.3m) on the project and employed over 60 companies to help him create the luxury hotel we see today.

Dutch practice IAA Architects worked in conjunction with construction specialists VDNDP on Rudi’s masterplan. The suites themselves rotate in the wind and the entire structure was reinforced with new foundations laid to ensure the structure remains sound.

A hotel that has been constructed inside an old mechanical crane has recently opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The crane, situated in a former harbour, was set for demolition when its 50m (164ft) high structure fell into disuse. Since then, the hunk of metal has been transformed into the luxury Hotel Faralda, offering three suites and a hot tub with impressive views of Amsterdam perched near the top of the
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The luxury development also has a tv studio on site / twitter @amsterdam_ij
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