Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, working with designer Edward van Vliet, has turned a late 1950s harbor crane in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands into a novel serviced apartment that sleeps four. The project makes use of the original crane operator’s huts and offers a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
The harbor crane has a fascinating history as told by Yays. The original Eastern Docklands harbor cranes were destroyed during the second world war. The Royal Dutch Steamboat Company commissioned replacements for them which were used until the 1970s. The site was later turned into a residential area and all the cranes were demolished except for the Figee 2868, which was built in 1958.
The original blue crane huts are still in place and the structure pretty much looks the same as it did back in the day. It now has a much more comfortable interior and a fresh coat of paint to go with the interior. The total floor space measures 40 square meters spread over three floors. The first floor is accessed from the harbor and contains a kitchen, a living room, and a dining area which can seat 4 people.
A staircase with integrated storage leads to the second floor which has a bathroom with a tub, toilet, sink, and shower. It also has a double bedroom. The top floor is the machine operator room which can be accessed by a ladder that is found on the small terrace.