The Cube Houses ("Kubuswoningen" in Dutch) in central Rotterdam have long attracted visitors for their creative design and bright color. This set of unique houses were designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, who is one of the representatives of the movement Structuralism.
In fact, Blom designed the first Cube Houses in Helmond(northeast of Eindhoven) in the mid-1970s. But these yellow houses built later in the early 1980s in Rotterdam are better known to the world. You can visit Piet Blom Museum in Hengelo, The Netherlands, if you are interested in knowing more about his works.
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Blom's vision for Cube Houses is to combine functionality and style to achieve livable, affordable, and beautiful homes. All the 38 cubes are attached to each other, which represents a village within a city. As you can see from the photos, these cube houses are tilted 45 degrees and are rested upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. Each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. The open space under the cubes integrates well with the rest of the city.
As these innovative houses are so popular among curious visitors, the residents here are often disturbed, and one owner decided to open a "show cube" and offer tours to tourists. A real Dutch entrepreneur! ;) Since his living space is so popular, it's a great idea to make a living out of it, right? I lived in Belgium for years, so I visited the Netherlands pretty often, and was attracted by the ubiquitous adventurous and mercantile spirit, and its cultural liberalism and tolerance.
The houses contain three floors: ground floor entrance, first floor with living room and open kitchen, second floor with two bedrooms and bathroom, top floor which is sometimes used as a small garden. I paid a few euros to get in and found inside just like normal houses, the main differences are the walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees, so around a quarter of the 100-square-meter space is unusable. It reminds me of high heels, yes they are pretty, but not so comfortable to wear.
You can book several of the homes online to stay overnight or longer, and do it as early as possible, since they often fill up months in advance. There's also a hostel at the ground floor called Stayokay. Along with this special living experience, the location at the city center is also convenient to explore Rotterdam, this port city known for bold, modern architecture.
If you visit Cube Houses here, don't forget to check out the Markthal (Market Hall) close by, another architecture marvel and an awesome indoor food court and fresh market. Check out my previous post if interested.
So that's it for today. Hope you enjoyed it! Have you visited Rotterdam? What modern architectures did you see there? Tell me your experiences in the comments below! If you like my content, upvote it and follow me for more! =)
图文 by Donica多
Photo shot with Canon EOS Kiss X3