Metamorphosis: from a tuna-fishing vessel to a family home
This steel fishing boat was used to catch tuna in the Atlantic ocean, off the coasts of France and Spain. It was subjected to many alterations as fishing technologies changed, and finally served as a storage space on the Surinamekade in Amsterdam, where it is still moored.
The basic parameters of the ship, built in Scheveningen in 1953, remain intact. She was in a very bad condition, what asked for a total renovation. With the help of some of the original blueprints I manage to restore and bring back a number of details that had been destroyed during the many
subsequent re modellings it underwent.
I retained the portholes in bow and stern, as well as the more rectangular windows typical of of seaworthy ships. I also kept intact the ship’s curving interior wall. The creation of an ample supply of light and air, so important for a living space, was a main priority during the design and renovation process. While the motor and rudder were removed, the Northeast facade was opened up to capitalize on the views with a 9 meters long panorama window. The depth of the ship (the floor is nearly 1,5 meters below the water line) also influenced the design. The complete renovation of the ship, in and out, has been completed.