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“For the times they are a-changin” prt1

I have mixed feelings about this. It’s a revived crane on the former dock-yard NDSM. They revived it with a hotel. The Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel. It has three suites in the top of the crane; reachable by elevator. The suites are named: Mystique, Secret and Free Spirit and they look like this: The price for a suite is €435,- for one night. On top of the hotel, in the open air, is a Spa-pool, which you can enjoy for €45,- per 1,5 hours. Great view over the city of Amsterdam; “the crane slowly turns in the wind”. For another €85,- you can make kind a Bungee Jump with a swing of at least 90 metres. On 13 meters there is the Faralda Dutchview Studio Amsterdam, which you can use for €1.425,- a day.
I have mixed feelings about this extraordinary project because on the one hand, as a former architectural designer, I like the architectural challenge and the way they treated it. The hard colours in contrast with the grey structure looks good. I would have liked it even better when they had left the structure in its rusty, former state; but that probably was not safe enough for containing people. On the other hand I liked the old, rusty power, covered with graffiti as high as people had dared to climb. When I first met the crane in 2009 it looked like this.

“For the times they are a-changin” prt2

For me this was the icon of the place. On the one hand it referred to the dock-yard-life and on the other hand the graffiti was symbolic for the free spirits that had taken over the abandoned dock. May be this hotel is just an other chapter in the life of the crane; and it probably would not have survived the elements much longer without a restoration-update; but for me, too much rust and graffiti is wiped out.  So, my icon is suffering from amnesia now. And the approach is a bit too modern-baroque for me; almost decadent. But maybe I’m getting too old for this world… 😉

“For the times they are a-changin” prt3

Main entrance, leading to a small reception.

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