We are used to seeing constructions of contemporary architecture in large headquarters of financial institutions, on bridges or even in infrastructure landmarks such as airports. However, the most common type of construction is housing, and there are also interesting examples of contemporary art. This is not something new, since sinceLe Corbusierwith his famous Room Unit, many great architects of the 20th and 21st centuries have dedicated themselves to this sector. And as an example, today we are going to talk about the Cube Houses or Kubuswoningen of the Dutch city of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam Cube Houses
His name couldn't be more descriptive. It is an entire housing development where each house has the shape of a cube, yes, a cube inclined 45 degrees with respect to the horizontal of the street floor.
Their author was the Dutch architect Piet Blom, who conceived them in the early 1980s, between 1982 and 1984. This was not his first attempt with such a shape, since that I had previously experimented with cube games in another project in the Helmond city of the Netherlands.
If the 32 houses are seen together, the idea of a forest full of geometry and unnatural color is recreated. This is due to the asymmetry with which they are ordered. While each of them has a similar scheme. each buildingit stands on hexagonal concrete pillars, and from it the wooden frameworks are launched to create three floors. At the lowest height is the entrance. While on the first floor there is the kitchen and a living room, to be found on the next floor the bedrooms and the bathroom. Lastly, there may be a roof terrace on a higher floor.
As it appears from the outside, inside the walls are slanted, although the floors are not. They have their appeal and their point of innovation, although their interior has somewhat narrow parts, and it is not easy to move. Something that can be verified in the house that today has been transformed into a museum that can be visited: Kijk-Kubus. Or even you can also visit one of the largest that serves as tourist accommodation. However, despite the drawbacks of habitability that are obvious, the truth is that all the Rotterdam Cube Houses are inhabited today.
An indisputable value is its aesthetics. Just as it should also be noted that they were devised within a broader urban planning. In fact, the houses act as a pedestrian bridge between two areas of the Oude Haven neighborhood and are integrated into a very attractive green area.