After a major restoration from 2011-2019, the monumental 50-meter-high crane started its second life as a brand-new luxury hot spot in Amsterdam with just 3 suites and a TV Broadcasting studio. Curious? Watch the start of the 9-year project at: Restoration Faralda Crane.
The old crane was in a profound state of disrepair. The redevelopment has been a major tour de force because of the unprecedented structural challenges. Architectural vision: The crane has been restored and brought back to its original colors (blue-grey and yellow). According to the vision of the famous architect Bernard Tschumi, new additions are in red. (I.e., Parc de la Villette Paris).
Over a period of 7 years, hundreds of contractors and subcontractors were involved. To solve all the tremendous construction challenges, seven specialized construction/consultancy firms (each with their own discipline) advised and calculated daily to overcome the many technical challenges. Two water pumps supply the three showers with water. On top of the crane is the heated spa pool on the rooftop and the 2,000-liter water tank for fire protection. Now the crane meets the highest safety requirements.
The construction with sewer, water, electricity has been complicated. The rotating thrust bearing houses all recesses that can move independently from each other. The crane still turns in the wind. Everyday a new view.
In the first three years in, the team had to deal with a 500 pounder WOII bomb. There were many financial setbacks due to safety regulations and inventions. The foundation cost per suite is approximately € 1 million euro.