Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen), Rotterdam
These houses are pretty strange. They're set on a big pole and look like a tilted cube. There are quite a few of them and as it looks like a forest it's called Het Blaakse bos (the forest of the Blaak). There's a museum in one of these houses, where you can learn about how they look on the inside and about the history. The museum is open every day from 11.00 to 17.00, except for January and Februari when it's opened on friday, saturday and sunday. Entrance cost 2.00 EURO.
Piet Blom was commissioned to create an unusual bridge over the busy access road between Blaak and the Oudehaven (the old harbour).
The world famous result is the Cube Houses, also known as the Blaaske Bos (wood).
Each dwelling consists of three floors, with the staircase in the supporting pile.
Curious? Then pay a visit to the watch cube museum house and see a cube house from the inside.
Everyone must have seen pictures of the cube houses. The cube houses are a row of elevated yellow cubical houses (all inhabited except one that's a museum - and opened to the public) designed by the Dutch architect Piet Blom: not only their shape is different, they are also turned 90 degrees on their own axis. near them there's another interesting modern building that looks like a huge pencil.
These cube houses are one of the strangest concepts of architecture in Rotterdam, maybe even in the Netherlands. These houses really are cubes and you can actually live in them! You can take a look in one of the houses yourself if you pay an entrance fee of EUR 1.50 Believe me it's worth it!
Close to Rotterdam Centrum are the Cube Houses. They were designed by Piet Blom. From the outside they are consequently disoriented that you must look very carefully to understand how someone could live in such a space. Nevertheless is Bloms basis-concept simple: a turned over cube stands on a pillar that contains an enter and a stairwell. When you visit Rotterdam and go to this complex, you can look one from the inside.
In 1978, Blom designed this pedestrian bridge across the Blaak with 55 Cube Houses, shops and offices. The plan, however, was not fully implemented. The number of Cube Houses was reduced to 39 on request of the construction company. As compensation, Blom designed the 'Pencil', the 'Zuidplat' (Soth Flat) and the social housing on Spaansekade.
Rather strange but deceptively roomy homes in the shape of a cube stood on its corner (see pictures). There is also one showroom that you can walk around in. quite an experience and depending on your taste quite appealing - I thought they were great
Visit the Cube Houses (Kijk Kubus) in Oude Haven. Rotterdam.
The houses are built on a 90 degree axis and are amazing to look at. One of the houses are open to the public on certain days. Be prepared to feel slightly odd when you first go in, the contors take a while getting used to! It costs around 3.5 guilders to visit.
Don't worry, you'll be able to relax in one of the many bars on the Old Habour, the food and booze is good and you can watch the world go by!
Cubes and Pencils
Another very famous landmark are these strange cube buildings designed by Piet Blom. Behind those you can see 'The Pencil', the reson for it's name being obvious. The yellow and blue tubes between the two are part of the library.
One great example of Rotterdam's innovative architecture is the Kijk Kubus Houses (cubes)especially.
You can actually live in them and I bet it's great to do so! There's a show cube which you can visit but unfortunately it was already closed when we arrived.
Visit the cube-houses where futurist artists used to live in Rotterdam.
It's one of the most unusual things I've ever seen. When you get inside one of these cube-houses (furnished as a normal house would be), you really feel in an odd world where all the traditional lines are lost. There are no horizontal or vertical surfaces, you feel like something went really wrong during the construction... It's funny to see, but I don't think I could spend much more than 30 minutes inside one of these boxes!!!
In one of the travelogues on Rotterdam I tell you more about these houses: and yes, you can live a normal life in them! You can see that for yourself, see info in Travelogues
YES, YOU CAN VISIT ONE OF THEM.....
Absolutely amazing that these houses could have been built at all...
The steep turning steps leading to the entryway are definitely not up to code, anyone with a slight limp could not get in or out, if you needed help nobody could get to you. In my country stairways like that are not allowed in the building permit. And that's just on the way in!
You obviously could not live here if you are elderly, or if you have young children.
This is a ridiculous creation by an architect who should be punished by being forced to live here when he retires. Someone with perhaps dreams and visions (maybe high on drugs) but obviously not thinking about how to make life pleasant or even endurable for the poor people who bought his houses. By the way there is one for rent/sale right now would be interesting too see how much it is going for.
I gave it 4 stars because it is quite remarkable and altho the museum house is under renovation and has really been neglected in terms of finishing and furnishing, you get an idea of how absolutely impossible it would be to live here no matter what you were thinking when you signed on.
As you gather from this post I can't stand architects who dream in their ivory towers, but never actually do the shopping themselves or have to lug 10 liters of water and 3 boxes pampers + baby and pushchair up the steps, let alone someone who breaks every feng-shui rule possible and creates mobile-homes tilted 45 degrees towards the ground, on prime real estate area in a place where a need for quality modern design housing is high.
These houses have to be seen, they are the height of modern kitch design and above all are fun. Proving the fantastic laid back approach of a county that doesn't take itself too seriously. These houses apprear in a Jackie Chan film and are a great specatcle.
These are really amazing. They look really weird and small from the outside but there's a surprising amount of space inside (see my travelogue). Looking out of the windows gives either a birds eye view of the street level or a broad view of the sky so though they are so close together they don't overlook each other.
Good example of Rotterdam's architecture. There are flats inside the cubes and you can enter one of them for small fee.