square living : architecture : Kubuswoningen / Cube House : Piet Blom : rotterdam netherlands

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Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and 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 in Rotterdam are located on Overblaak Street, and beside the Blaak Subway Station. There are 38 small cubes and two so called ‘super-cubes’, all attached to each other. As residents are disturbed so often by curious passers-by, one owner decided to open a “show cube”, which is furnished as a normal house, and is making a living out of offering tours to visitors. The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square meters, but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings. In 2009, the larger cubes were converted by Personal Architecture into a hostel run by Dutch hostel chain Stayokay.                                                                                                                                                            .

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  1. roel achterberg said:

    a chair by piet blom
    if you like it I can send you a better picture
    you may also like this; http://micomico.co.jp

    • hello… i cant see the picture… you can e-mail me

  2. With the support of Welbions House Cooperative, the City of Hengelo, Dutch Architecture Institute, Twente Architecture Centre and many others, it has become possible to open a museum dedicated to the work and ideas of the architect Piet Blom, the famous dutch architect, who lived from 1934 until 1999.

    “Architecture is more than creating a place to live, you create a society “.

    And that’s exactly what Piet Blom strongly believed. 40 years ago he build the “Kasbah”, and soon the cube houses in Rotterdam and Helmond followed and many other special projects.

    This year, a group volunteers [living in the Kasbah] have succeeded to actually create a real museum for the late architect Piet Blom. It is situated in the Kasbah [build by Piet Blom] in Hengelo, the Netherlands. You can see pictures and info on http://www.pietblommuseum.nl

    But the museum is not completely finished yet and therefore we ask people around the world to contribute to this marvelous initiative.


    Our intentions are to keep the ideology of Piet Blom alive, as well as teaching children to construct whatever they may think of. Our educational programm is formed bij a qualified teacher.

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