There’s a Two Bedroom Apartment Hidden Inside This Crane

Amsterdam has a distinctive architecture style, but we can guarantee that this giant crane-turned-residence sticks out among the city’s livable structures – in a good way. Typically, old construction equipment and luxury don’t go hand in hand, but that’s the best way to describe this unique spot.

A creative collaboration between Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments and international design company Studio Edward van Vliet transformed a 1957 harbor crane into a posh, three-story apartment.

According to Dezeen, the crane was in use up until 1979. In 2016, designers relocated the structure to a nearby village for the extensive renovation process before returning to its current harbor side location on KNSM Island where it sits amidst shops, galleries and restaurants.

So, what’s it like to camp out inside of a vintage crane? By the looks of things, we’d say quite luxe. The 431-square-foot space is comprised of three stacked containers. The apartment is accessible by an entrance on the ground floor, which contains a living room, along with a small kitchen and dining area. The second level includes a bedroom with bathroom. Guests can take in a sweeping view of the IJ River from the apartment’s top floor, which houses the second bedroom.

The interior features exposed steel beams, wide wooden floorboards and Crittall windows that help to maintain the crane’s true industrial essence.

“We’re pleased to have the honor to manage the former Figee crane 2868 and to offer it a new life,” Yays CEO Peter Heule said in a statement. “This is the how we would like to contribute to the development of the city of Amsterdam.”

The Yays-Crane apartment accommodates up to four guests, includes the use of a Yays bike and can currently be rented via Airbnb for a little less than $900 a night.



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