Where is the most unusual house you have seen? For me it was in Rotterdam.
Built in the late seventies by architect Piet Blom, Rotterdam’s Cube houses are certainly out of the box!
Asked in 1978 to submit designs for two apartment buildings, one of which was to be built on top of the Blaak over pass that connected the Old Harbour to the inner city, Blom based his designs on earlier houses he had built in the towns of Hengelo and Helmond. Forty Cube Houses were then built as well as a nearby apartment block, the Blaaktower or the Pencil as it is nicknamed.
I’m so glad I read that Blom saw the cube houses as a tree and the pole they sit on as the trunk otherwise I would not have realised this! From the central courtyard he felt he was looking up into a forest!
The houses actually tilt at forty five degrees, so with all this in mind I was keen to see what they looked like inside….
Living here would be very confusing! Covering approximately one hundred square metres, they have three levels which Blom named street-house, sky-house and the tabernacle. The lower level is a triangular living area. Can you imagine decorating this!
Upstairs a very narrow staircase takes you to the bedroom and bathroom.
A third level is suitable for another bedroom or living area.
Do you think you could live in a cube house?
Where to find the Cube Houses
Overblaak 70 in Central Rotterdam behind the Old Harbour
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