Why staying inside a crane is one of our top things to do in Amsterdam

Just when the world has had its share of bizarre apartments and hotels, designer Edward van Vilet in collaboration with Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments has converted a 1950 crane in Amsterdam into a luxurious space that sleeps 4. Offering stunning views of the surrounding area, the Yays Crane Apartment – as it’s called – is actually the second such project we’ve seen recently, following Copenhagen’s Krane, by Arcgency.

This 20th century crane is no ordinary one with its claws dipping right into the World War II era. Right after the bombing of the original Eastern Docklands harbor cranes during World War II, the Royal Dutch Steamboat Company commissioned replacements, which were used until the 1970s. The site was eventually turned into a residential area and those replacement cranes were all demolished, except one.

Surprisingly the crane is quite well intact and boasts comfortable interiors. Spanning a floor space of 40 sq m (430 sq ft), and spread over three floors, the crane apartment entails a spacious living space for four including a living room, kitchen and dining area.

While the living and dining areas along with the kitchen can be found on the ground floor; a storage-integrated staircase leads up to the second floor, which contains a bathroom with tub, toilet, sink and shower, as well as a double bedroom.

Right from here, you can walk outside and enjoy a small terrace with a ladder to reach the uppermost area, the machine operator room. Equipped with a balcony, double bed and toilet, this is undoubtedly our favourite space. The glazed wall is original, having once been used by the crane operator to see what he was doing.

At a little under $900, the Yays – Crane Apartment is available to rent year-round.


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