City homes

The Netherlands Cube houses

image from: all-that-is-interesting.com

image from: all-that-is-interesting.com

Would you, could you, live in a box? A significantly tilted box - suspended above the street?

Well some hip urban folks in Rotterdam in the Netherlands have been embracing the concept for several decades now. This cluster of cube homes was designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984 to address high density housing issues while allowing for sufficient space on ground level for pedestrian activities.

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by:  Arroww)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Arroww)

Each cube house is tilted at a 45 degree angle and perched upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. The entire cluster of cube homes is meant to represent a village within a city where “each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.” [source]

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Hanselpedia)

A forest………. interesting.

Known officially as Kubuswoningen, there are 40 cube houses that make up the development.

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Skinny, spiteful houses

image from: http://mentalfloss.com

image from: http://mentalfloss.com

They’re long, they’re lean and they are meant to be mean.

Mean to the neighbors who made someone mad enough to build a tiny house right beside them, cramping the views and ventilation and diminishing adjoining property values.

Yes, that is what all of the following houses have in common: they were built exclusively because someone got a bee in his bonnet.

The Hollensbury Spite House in Alexandria, Virginia

image from: http://www.nytimes.com

image from: http://www.nytimes.com

John Hollensbury built this narrow blue house wedged between two other homes in the year 1830. He owned one of the larger homes and the alley beside it, but did not like the fact that people parked their horses in the alley, or that vagrants hung out there. Known to be a cranky, antisocial kind of guy,  John Hollensbury took it upon himself to build a house in that space, darn it.

Below is a 1924 photo of the “Hollensbury spite house” in Alexandria Virginia

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/

image from: http://tinyhouseblog.com/

Turning heads at 7 feet wide and 25 feet deep.

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A Parisian apartment frozen in time for 70 years

Parisian apartment untouched for 70 years

image from: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

Above is a 2010 photo of a 19th century flat in Paris that had not been touched or seen by the outside world since the owner left it locked in the year 1940.

This story first broke in 2010, but it is absolutely captivating so I MUST put it out there on my blog in case anyone else has not yet heard of it.

image from: http://www.messynessychic.com/

image from: http://www.messynessychic.com/

The woman who lived in this apartment reportedly fled for the south of France as the Nazi’s invaded Paris during the Fall of France in the Second World War. She left all her possessions and those that were passed down to her when she acquired the flat from her grandmother. She continued to pay rental/maintenance fees but kept the apartment locked and shuttered. She never returned to Paris.

When the woman died at the age of 91 in 2010, her heirs had her estate inventoried for liquidation.

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Rezoned and repurposed: Seattle church now a home & meeting place

image from: zillow.com

This 1907 church in Seattle is known as “The Big House in Ballard“. It has been creatively converted to a private residence, while also preserving large public spaces that serve as meeting places for local art and music events.

image from: zillow.com

Currently listed on the market for $789,000, this building features 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in 6,300 square feet.

While the old original classic church structure remains remarkably intact underneath, bathrooms have been added, access to the tower improved, the legal rental apartment completely renovated.

- from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

Artistic flourishes make this home/meeting place a dynamite space:

The Gothic Crow window recently installed– a 2000 pound sand-cast, gothic window that greets you at the street was created by owner/glass artist David Chatt documented by the Seattle Channel  – Art Zone and presides over the street front and interior sanctuary.

- from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

image from: zillow.com

And feast your eyes on this… giant spice rack? Apothecary? I don’t even know what to call it…

image from: zillow.com

Beautiful!

There’s not a boring corner in this entire place:

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Even this quiet corner is a bit surreal if you look closely…

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Rezoned and Repurposed: Early 20th Century carriage house now a home

image from: trulia.com

This historic carriage house has been converted into a cool, contemporary loft-like space while still preserving some amazing vintage details.

image from: trulia.com

This gorgeous conversion is located in the Spring Garden Historic District in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Currently on the market for $1,690,000, this home had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, but no mention of square footage. I guessing at least 3,000, maybe 4,000 or 5,000 – this place is spacious!

image from: trulia.com

Look at the exposed trusses!

The Second Floor Features A Dramatic Great Room With 18 [foot] Ceilings With Beams & Original Carriage Hoist of Pulley & Gears Plus 2 Cupolas.

- from: trulia.com

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