Designer    Feature 01 Mar 2015

The Faralda Crane Hotel: Amsterdam creates bespoke 50m high crane hotel

Ideal for any guests with a good head for heights, this hotel built into the structure of a crane offers luxury in the most unique of spaces

The Faralda Crane Hotel in Amsterdam comprises three suites that have been cleverly integrated into the framework of the 50 m high crane like a full scale Lego model.

For several decades, Crane 13 was a rusting, derelict landmark visible from the rear of Amsterdam Central Station and had fallen into disrepair following the closure of the shipbuilding yard at NDSM Wharf in 1984.

The structure was dismantled and taken away to be transformed into an exclusive design hotel by Edwin Kornmann Rudi and a team from IAA Architects before being brought back to the docks and placed 70 m closer to the waterside. With an Outdoor-SPA (Sport X model) tub from Villeroy & Boch at a height of 50 m above the ground providing views across Amsterdam, the unique suites are accessible by two panorama lifts, with catering located in the crane’s portal.


One of the 35 sq m suites is located in the old engine room and retains its industrial ambiance, whilst the other two have glass facades to make the most of the harbour views.

The bathrooms are equipped with Villeroy & Boch sanitary products from the Loop & Friends and Aveo collections. Highlights include the La Belle bathtub and the freestanding Squaro Edge 12 bathtub with skirting panel in Graphite Noir. The products were selected from Violet, the premium level within Villeroy & Boch’s Projects concept.

To complete the quirkiness of the space, lower down the revamped crane is a small studio for film, TV, music and media events.

Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel /

Villeroy & Boch /