The NDSM shipyard.
This 50-metre-tall crane was built in 1950 for the NDSM (Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company), an impressive shipyard that went bankrupt in 1979. The yard disappeared and the cranes were abandoned.
‘Crane 13’ was the last remaining building crane at the NDSM yard. It was saved from the scrapyard in the nick of time, with the aim of restoring and converting it into a luxurious hotel. To achieve this, the crane was dismantled and transported to us on a 100-metre-long pontoon in July 2013. After its arrival, we fully restored and repaired all the steelwork. Three hotel suites were made and placed in the mast of the crane, while a TV studio was built in the portal.
A highly acclaimed project.
In October 2013 and after 3 months, the restoration project was completed. The crane returned to Amsterdam where we helped to reassemble it. It officially opened as ‘Crane Hotel Faralda’ on 4 April 2014. During the opening celebration, the project received much acclaim for the unique solutions that were found for the many issues surrounding its construction. This is yet another project we take a lot of pride in!
Find more information at: www.faralda.com