Kraanspoor building Amsterdam

The Kraanspoor building in Amsterdam is a three-storey office building which has been built directly on to an 885 ft concrete crane way by Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas.  Kranspoor (meaning ‘Crane Track’) was an abandoned crane gentry from the 1950s in one of Amsterdam’s former ship yards.  The new building has a double glass façade with one side cantilevering over the waterway of the River Ij, just as a revolving crane had in the past.  By night, the lit up building appears to float above the water.  Via Inhabitat.

Images via Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas and

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).