It’s true that Rotterdam didn’t do much to impress me! It was more than I expected it to be and definitely more than some locals had warned me: It was modern and edgy and still maintained some traditional dutch elements and had a lot of character.
I liked it so much that I visited it 3 times in one week! The reason I went back for the 3rd time though was one of its landmarks: the Cube Houses in the city’s Blaak district (Kubuswoningen in Dutch)! I had to see what it looks like living inside of them!
What are the Cube Houses?
Piet Blom (1934-1999) was an architect and an important exponent of structuralism. In 1978 he presented his ideas for 2 projects surrounding the Old Harbour (Oude haven): His goal was for them to look like 3 different architects had been involved.
The original idea was for 74 cube houses to be made, but they were reduced to 38 in the final design. Blom tilted a traditional cube-shaped house 45 degrees and lifted it on a hexagon-shaped pylon. All 38 of them are connected together with two supersized cubes at both ends of the string.
Each cube has a total surface of 100 m2 over 3 floors, which Blom named street house, sky house and tabernacle. The pole is used as storage space and entrance.
Who uses them? Does anyone live inside the Cube Houses?
This is the first question I had as soon as I saw them! They sure look pretty, but would someone live in one of those weird shaped houses? Well, the answer is yes! People do live in them and some of the are used as offices or other small businesses.
Can I visit one of the Cube Houses?
Another one is used as a hostel! It’s the Stayok Hostel Rotterdam. Not only do you get to see, but you, also, experience living inside a Cube House! And for a very good price, too!
Here is the exact location, right next to the Blaak Station:
Do you wanna take a look inside?
What did I think?
My Snapchat Story on Rotterdam and the Cube Houses!
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