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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

Posted By Ana Lisa On March 8, 2013 @ 10:40 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Design,Gallery,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

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The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island [1] was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel [2], 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.

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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 [3] and the center of Amsterdam [4]. REM-Island houses a restaurant on two floors, office space and a large open terrace situated on a former helicopter [5] 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.

+ Concrete [6]

Via Arch Daily [7]

Photos by Ewout Huibers and Jim Ellam


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URLs in this post:

[1] REM-Island: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/REM_Island

[2] steel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel

[3] NDSM Wharf: http://inhabitat.com/noorderlicht-cafe-is-a-healthy-and-social-eatery-in-amsterdams-quirky-old-shipyard/

[4] Amsterdam: http://inhabitat.com/green-roofed-waternet-building-recycles-water-for-the-entire-city-of-amsterdam/

[5] helicopter: http://inhabitat.com/hirobos-futuristic-one-man-electric-helicopter-is-the-ultimate-james-bond-gadget/

[6] + Concrete: http://www.concreteamsterdam.nl/#

[7] Arch Daily: http://www.archdaily.com/337557/rem-island-concrete/

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