REM Eiland Restaurant
During the 1960s, this towering offshore platform stood in the North Sea and was owned by a Dutch pirate radio and TV station that used it to broadcast transmissions into the Netherlands. Soon after this operation began, the Dutch government changed the law to make this type of broadcasting illegal, then sent a task force to raid the platform and shut down the station. In the early 2000s, this now-infamous rig was towed to Amsterdam’s Houthaven docklands, fixed in place, and converted into a restaurant. Though it has been renovated in order to meet modern culinary demands, the platform still features many industrial elements from its time in the North Sea, including old broadcasting equipment and its original metal flooring.