cube house


Location:
Overblaak 70

Rotterdam

Netherlands

coordinates: 51.9203453,4.4900823
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Building names(s): Kubuswoningen / Cube Houses
Architect/Designer: Piet Blom
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Completion date: 1977

function(s): multi-dwelling, residential

getting there:
Blaak Subway Station

concept:
based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”: high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. 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.

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

The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100m², but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings.

 

there is a “show cube” available for touring

admission cost: Euro 2.50

opening hours: 7 days, 11am – 5pm

website: www.kubuswoning.nl