The Netherlands Cube houses

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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.

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Cmglee)

image from: Wikimedia Commons (by: Cmglee)

Although the majority of the cube houses are occupied as rentals, there is always one cube open to the public as a visitor’s center.

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image from: www.home-reviews.com

Visitors to the cube houses have reported feeling disoriented and dizzy due to the skewed sense of space and the unconventional angles.

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image from: tripwow.tripadvisor.com

Each cube house measures in at 1,075 square feet (100 squares meters). However, one-quarter of the space is unusable due to the angled ceilings.

image from: famsterdamlife.com

image from: famsterdamlife.com

image from: armchairtravelogue.blogspot.com

image from: armchairtravelogue.blogspot.com

image from: unusual-architecture.com

image from: unusual-architecture.com

The wisdom of this design may be questionable, but the novelty factor is pretty cool – you gotta admit.

image from: en.wikipedia.org

image from: en.wikipedia.org

Trippy!!

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cube_house

http://www.holland.com/us/tourism/article/rotterdam-cube-houses.htm

http://izismile.com/2012/08/17/cube_houses_from_the_netherlands_13_pics.html

 

 

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