Cube Houses hang on pylons like a forest canopy in Rotterdam




Tilted at a 55 degree angle Rotterdam’s “Cube Houses” (Kubuswoningen) seem to defy gravity.
 
Dreamed up by architect Piet Blom in the 1970s to help the city turn a downtown overpass into housing, this oblique housing was Blom’s attempt to defy the idea that “a building has to be recognizable as a house for it to qualify as housing.”
 
Blom perched each slanted cubic residence on a pillar to create individual “tree” houses and connected them all to form an urban “forest”.
 
Lilian raised her son Mitch in their cube home and while the square footage is small (some are just 240 square feet), the cubic footage is much larger. There are no straight exterior walls and opening or closing a window can be a battle with gravity.
 
Today, Lilian and Mitch run their home as a guesthouse, but they said living in the home meant keeping possessions to a minimum. “A lot of people bring a lot of stuff into their house, but then you lose the effect of the building because already it has it’s own vibes, or it’s own atmosphere.”
 
The Cube Houses are now one of the city’s top tourist attractions, and an Instagram favorite. One of the two extra-large “super cubes” is now a hostel.
 
Lilian and Mitch’s rental cube:

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30 Comments

  1. samuski36
    December 7, 2017
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    Yeah, no Fuck that shit, that's no kind of interior dwelling I want to step foot into!

  2. samuski36
    December 7, 2017
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    And I might add, very unstable architectural structures. If these kinds of buildings worked well long term, our world would look very different than it does. Sorry, but breaking the laws of physics has consequences…such as how the hell are you going to convince anyone to want to live in that!

  3. Patrick Henry
    December 13, 2017
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    Goofy … living there would mess with your head.

  4. vi ener
    December 19, 2017
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    That guy is so hot

  5. Gracie's Momma
    December 22, 2017
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    This oddly hurts my eyes. Interesting use of space, produced the feeling of intrusion and constraint; jutting into another’s space. Very uncomfortable to watch.

  6. Squad-tastic
    December 31, 2017
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    I feel nauseous

  7. Cilla Moke
    January 3, 2018
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    They are cool!!

  8. Frank Winkhorst
    January 8, 2018
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    The problem is, you can build a house as weird as you like, but when you go to furnish it, there are very few pieces that will fit efficiently in it.

  9. Lucy Towey
    January 17, 2018
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    I'm inlove with their houses <3

  10. Arnold Olson
    January 25, 2018
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    Amazing,,,looks like a huge waste of money, so much area you can do nothing with. Cool looking but…..

  11. Kiwi Bird
    February 1, 2018
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    Very cool would have been fun to build

  12. Mrs. Garcia
    February 2, 2018
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    It's different I'll give you that! I'm all for it if it helps keep city people in the city (vs space constraints).

  13. Kelly-Charmaine Marie Flanagan
    February 12, 2018
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    Those outer walls, man oh man. That's an accident waiting for me to happen! LOL! With my mother's vertigo, and my supreme life-long practice against being a klutz, one of us(obviously mehre.
    ijcnvzk would end up in a cross between a window cleaner's safety-lines, and

  14. My Art Page
    February 22, 2018
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    I like it. The Dutch are so cool.

  15. Riki Assies
    March 15, 2018
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    omg you were here!! and i never knew

  16. Sanji Vinsmoke
    March 23, 2018
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    Retarded design with so much wasted space. Stupid.

  17. Jesse Mitchell
    March 28, 2018
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    thats super cool. what an inspiring space to live

  18. Ed Rison
    March 31, 2018
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    In het echt zijn ze veel ruimer als op de video overkomt. Het lijkt erop dat je duizelig word maar dat is niet zo, binnen is alles normaal maar van buiten krijg je een raar gevoel als je naar boven kijkt. Vergeet niet dat het om een vraag ging om een veilige oversteekplaats voor voetgangers te maken omdat daar toen heel veel vrachtverkeer reed. De Blaak was toen een hele belangrijke weg richting de Willemsbrug om naar de Kop van Zuid te komen waar veel overslagbedrijven waren. Je kan bij een bedrijf op maat gemaakte meubels kopen zodat je optimaal gebruik maakt van de ruimte maar dat vraagt om wat creatief zijn. Het is echt waard om ze is te bezoeken als je als tourist hier een keer komt. I love them.

  19. Cristian Martinez
    April 7, 2018
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    Damn, It would be great to make furniture for these buildings

  20. Cindy Johansen
    April 19, 2018
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    Very interesting design.

  21. Slawek Zawislak
    April 30, 2018
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    This is an sample of architecture for architects without thinking about people . I will do something really strange and I will be famous.

  22. aribah awang
    May 5, 2018
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    Wow!!!Amazing….

  23. Leland Unruh
    May 5, 2018
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    I don't like this style or execution at all, but I'm glad there are a few folk out there who are willing to live in it.

  24. One Little Indian
    May 5, 2018
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    So toxic living over a motor way… Just deadly toxic

  25. hello fellas
    May 5, 2018
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    Wow

  26. hello fellas
    May 5, 2018
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    I love it…

  27. Systemic Studio
    May 15, 2018
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    that shit sucks

  28. Luchtig Broodje
    May 23, 2018
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    I lived in one of those houses i was born in it

  29. Hard Style
    May 25, 2018
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    Hmmm… I dunno , seems kinda uncomfortable…

  30. Atlas WalkedAway
    June 10, 2018
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    and the awar for least practical building design ever goes to…. this crap.

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