REM – island, Houthhaven, Amsterdam by Concrete Architectural Associates.
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REM -Island was built in 1964 as a “pirate radio station” located off shore to circumvent Dutch legislation restricting radio transmissions. A raid by the authorities saw it sequestrated and put to other uses, and eventually dismantled in 2006. It has now been rebuilt, and in the process converted by Concrete Architectural Associates, to create an office and a restaurant spreading over two floors some 25 metres in the air. The menu: fine food with a side order of 360 degree views!
This reincarnation has seen an extra floor added as well as new circulation to include a winding stair extending the original, and a lift. The structure originally had a red and white motif which has been developed architecturally. The red areas are solid whilst the white areas have become glazed and more transparent.
The project is as much about renovation of an industrial / cultural icon as anything, and so original balustrades and other features have been faithfully reproduced to maintain something of the original feel. The helipad can now be used as a terrace for alfresco dining.
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