Kraanspoor by OTH Ontwerpgroep, Amsterdam, Netherland

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Kraanspoor, is a light weight transparant office building of three floors on top of a concrete craneway. The building is located on a former construction of NDSM shipyard, a relix of Amsterdam’s shipping industry.

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This industrial monument, is built in 1952 and has a length of 270 meters, a height of 13,5 meters and a width of 8,7 meters. The new construction is designed by OTH, ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas on top of this former construction. The building is lifted by slender steel columns, 3 meters abouve the crane way that appears to float above the impressive concrete colossus.

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The challenge for OTH, was to utilize the maximum of the existing craneway. The concrete craneway functions as a foundation, and carries the maximum possible weight of a three storey building, with an asymmetrical overhang on the water-side; this is due to the heavier load barring function for the former revolving cranes that cantilevered to this side. The light-weight building of steel construction made the light-weight floors necessary. By using a hollow infra+ floor system, the piping and wiring are tucked away in the floor allowing for a maximum clear height.

The glass building is clear and simple in plan. The newly built construction is characterized by its transparent double-skin climate façade of glass: the outer layer of moveable motor-driven glass louvers appear as lace-work around the building, the inner façade is of hinged timber windows with a full height from office floor to ceiling. This climate façade allows natural ventilation of the offices and acts as a buffer against heat in the summer and cold in the winter. The concrete Infra+ underfloor of only 70mm allows for concrete core activity. The water from the IJ river is pumped up and used for heating as well as cooling via a water pump.

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More information and pictures on Archdaily
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