Rotterdam’s Cube Houses

Cube Houses
As mentioned previously, while some friends were visiting last month, we took a trip to Rotterdam. There was only one main goal that day — a post still to come — but while we were there, I really wanted to see the Cube Houses.

The Cube Houses (kubuswoning) were built between 1982 and 1984, although the plans were first presented in 1978. The architect was Piet Blom. The first cube homes were actually built in Helmond, in 1974/75, as a test, and by 1977, a total of 18 were built in Helmond, although there were plans to built many more.

In Rotterdam, 38 cubes were built, along with two “super cubes”. All of the cubes are attached together. Per the Wikipedia description: “Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.”
Cube Houses
The cubes are used as residences, while the space in the pylons below is used for commercial purposes. The cubes themselves are divided into three levels, with the first floor serving as an open-plan living room and kitchen, the second floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom, and the top floor is sometimes used as a small garden. The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees.

So many people have been curious to see the inside of the cube homes, that one owner converted one of the cubes into a show cube, to give people a feel for how the space is used residentially. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to see it for myself. Next time!
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4 thoughts on “Rotterdam’s Cube Houses

  1. It is truly cheering when people put concepts into practice like this. Don’t know about living there, but… sure glad they tried it out!
    Good, clear and lively blog – once again. Great photos to go with.

    • Thanks! Rotterdam, having been so badly damaged in WWII has a fantastic mix of old and new architectural styles, from classic to crazy cube houses. It really makes the city a fantastic place to visit.

  2. I was lucky enough to attend a Halloween party in one a few years back. They are very interesting but very weird. The rooms around the edge are very narrow and have windows that either look down. The main bedroom at top feels like sleeping inside a pyramid.

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