Kraanspoor, ING Real Estate's innovative office development in Amsterdam, has been honoured with the Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence during the organization's conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The highly regarded award is the third accolade ING Real Estate received in recognition of this unique office development.
During MIPIM in March 2008 Kraanspoor ('Crane Track') was crowned MIPIM Green Building of the Year and received the MIPIM Special Jury Award.
The ULI Jury chaired by Ian Hawsworth selected Kraanspoor out of eleven finalists because of "the extraordinary character of this office development bringing life again to a former brownfield on the riverbanks of the IJ river."
Located on the river IJ in Amsterdam, Kraanspoor began life in 1952 as a concrete crane platform along a harbour pier. It was saved from demolition in 1997 by architect Trude Hooykaas, who identified the structure's potential for re-development and designed a three-story, 12,500-m