Kraanspoor 12-58
Trude Hooykaas, Julian Wolse, Steven Reisinger, Gerald Lindner
OTH, ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas bv
ING Real Estate Development
Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs en Zonen, Bot Bouw
Bus 91, 94 stop Stenendokweg, Pont 906 naar NDSM-werf
Borch, I. ter, 'Glaspaleis op betonnen rudiment', De Architect, november 2007.

Office space on former crane track

The yard of the Nederlandse Dok en Scheepsbouw Maatschappij (NDSM) (Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company), situated on the west flank of the northern IJ waterfront, is a former dock and industrial area. This huge site contains a former crane track, a concrete structure built in 1952 to a design by J.D. Potsma, which was used as a platform for two cranes and as a jetty where ships were completed. In the seventies, shipbuilding declined and many yards disappeared. In 1978, the NDSM also closed and a demolition licence was issued for the crane track.

In 1997, Trude Hooykaas of OTH came across the dilapidated empty landscape with the former crane track and conceived a plan to place a modern office building on top of the old foundations. The master plan was altered, the demolition licence was withdrawn, the concrete track was restored and a new office building, designed by OTH, was built on top of the track. The foundations of this new building is the 270 metre long concrete track, comprising two horizontal girders, supported in four places by double main portals situated in the water.

The portals now house the stairs and the panorama lift, via which the storeys above are accessed. Because the load-bearing capacity of the old foundations was limited, the new build has been executed as a light steel skeleton structure. This also benefits the buildingÂ’s transparency and lightness. The glazed new-build structure is modelled on the form of the old track, with a width of 13.8 metres and a height of 10 metres. The project fuses industrial heritage with contemporary architecture and marks the beginning of the redevelopment of the NDSM yard. (ARCAM/FB)