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.

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Dreamed up by architect Piet Blum in the 1970s to help the city turn a downtown overpass into housing, this oblique housing was Blum’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: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/817858

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28 Comments

  1. The idea and execution are bold and striking and I hate it.  😀  I don't know if it's because I have a mild case of vertigo but I actually have a headache just from watching this video.  I'd love to see a horror film made there, though.

  2. Sad, looks like a prison. I understand the idea of using the overpass pilings and I do love the slant away walls but I would want it on level ground : ) and not hanging at an angle, I have vertigo. Idea was good but instead of so many small units, make each unit much larger. Even if on government housing, this is too small. Tiny living should be a choice and not forced via subsidy. Thanks tho, it is novel.

  3. I don't think Iv ever seen a worst design in my whole life. I'm pretty open minded, and I can work with almost any space and even prefer smaller spaces (tiny homes, etc). I can't imagine anything for this space the whole video was her bascially saying how shitty the design is like "yeah this is dumb but we still did it", "that had no meaning but we did it anyway", it's hard to do get anything in here, plan any type of lay out, have any type of storage, open windows, have functional space, live in such an ungodly space but hey we took the time to build stupid houses in an unused space cause why not. Whom ever design this shit let alone them getting the okay to build baffles me. I'm not trying to be a prick but like I said I'm pretty open minded, I love all spaces big, wide open, small from literally 80sqft studio in the city to a 200sqft tiny house to a 2000sqft home I can work with anything but this…. NOPE this is just stupid plain stupidity. I'd say the only thing those can be used for is a shelter for the homeless because other then that this is just stupid.

  4. these houses r best suited fr dorms and maybe could have a use fr bachelors…since they r the only ones with minimal goods…these can't fit in a perfect family of 4 or more for a longer time…this space could be a worth while of a vacational experiences..

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