Cube Houses

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Cube Houses
Name Cube houses
Description A row of cube houses in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Location (-1479, -466)
Atlas ID 4918
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Creator PlaceNL

Cube houses (Dutch: kubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Helmond and Rotterdam in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom in 1978. The first cube houses were constructed in Helmond in 1974 and 1975. There are 38 cubic stilt houses and cubic businesses in Rotterdam.

The Cube houses, as seen in the third edition of r/Place, were part of an architecture collage. The other artworks in the collage were: the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the Dom Tower, and the Mauritshuis. The artwork was completed around 13:30 GMT on July 24th on the Flag of the Netherlands, and remained until the Great Whiteout.


In the '70s of the 20th century, architects, with participation of inhabitants and other users, wanted to create hospitable residential areas, in response to the large-scale grey modernism of reconstruction after the Second World War. Piet Blom, a structuralist, assumed that large-scale buildings had to be built to human-scale by building them from small-scale recognizable elements. The idea of building houses on columns, so that the space below the buildings can remain public, originates from Le Corbusier.[1]

  1. Cube houses (Rotterdam).
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