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Kubuswoningen (cube houses), Rotterdam

Kubuswoningen (cube houses), Rotterdam (must see)

Cube houses (Dutch: Kubuswoningen) 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, since its main purpose is to optimize the space inside. 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. 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.

Tip:
Definitely visit the show house (open for visitors 7 days a week for a small fee) to discover how the interiors work or stay at the StayOkay hotel that is part of the complex.
If you're just passing through, make sure to take the off-kilter photographs that will surely perplex your friends at home.
Be cautious if it's snowing, as the whole area gets slippery if no one shovels.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Kubuswoningen (cube houses) on Map

Sight Name: Kubuswoningen (cube houses)
Sight Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Rotterdam

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Rotterdam's Historical Churches Walking Tour

Rotterdam's Historical Churches Walking Tour

The historic center of Rotterdam was bombed in May 1940, and almost all of the churches in the area were damaged. Lamentably, numerous significant churches have had to be pulled down. Since then, the downtown area has been rebuilt in a Functionalist style, and some modern churches have been erected. Check out our tour for the key places of worship to see in Rotterdam.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Rotterdam Introduction Walk

Rotterdam Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

Museums of Rotterdam Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Rotterdam without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Rotterdam, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Stadsdriehoek Walking Tour

Stadsdriehoek Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles

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Souvenirs Shopping: 16 Genuine Dutch Things to Buy in Rotterdam

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Just as any other major Dutch destination, Rotterdam is associated with sea, excellent cheeses, marvelous beer, good food and, generally speaking, good taste. A set of gifts from Rotterdam will duly reflect any, if not all, of these qualities. Listed here are some of the items that might prove well...