Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, has a comparatively modernÂ architecture and feel, having been rebuilt after bombing during the second World War. Housing theÂ NAI (NetherlandsÂ ArchitectureÂ Institute), the city boasts of some wonderfulÂ architecture, the most intriguing of which is theÂ Kubus woningen (Dutch forÂ Cube Houses). It’s my tip for a must see Rotterdam attraction.
Designed by the famous Dutch architect Piet Blom in 1984, these cube houses were meant to represent a forest, with each cube house serving as a tree. Impressive enough, these houses were built by tilting a normal cube Â by 45 degrees. They lie on a hexagonal shaped pylon, 38 cube houses in all, interconnected together with 2 super cubes at each end.
Each cube house covers an area of about 100 square meters, with three floors, the top floor mostly used as a garden.
A cube house, converted into a museum, also known as Kijk Kubus (Dutch for Show Cube) is open to the visitors everyday from 11 a.m.to 5 p.mÂ and with a small fees of â‚¬2,50, you can experience the insides of this amazing architecture.
An International Youth Hostel has been operating from 2009 in one of the cube houses. Moreover, if you would like to own such an unconventional piece – some of the cube houses are for sale too!
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