Concrete, REM-Island, Dutch Pirate Radio, sea platform, restaurant, Amsterdam, Architecture, Daylighting, Recycled Materials

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6 columns. It housed radio and TV broadcast stations, but it only lasted four months before federal police took over the island, dismantled it and brought it back to the shore.

Concrete, REM-Island, Dutch Pirate Radio, sea platform, restaurant, Amsterdam, Architecture, Daylighting, Recycled Materials

Nowadays, the historic tower has been renovated into a cool building that stands on stilts over the water and offers amazing 360-degree views over the NDSM Wharf and the center of Amsterdam. REM-Island houses a restaurant on two floors, office space and a large open terrace situated on a former helicopter platform. Access to the platform is provided via a steel footbridge on the shore that guides visitors through the enormous construction.

To ensure the island retained its original atmosphere, Concrete Architects preserved and renovated original features including footbridges; signal lights, railings, and they even included a lifeboat.

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Via Arch Daily

Photos by Ewout Huibers and Jim Ellam