Cubic – striking architectural symbol of Rotterdam
The houses “Cubic” represent an unconventional architectural marvel, attraction that grabs the attention of anyone who stepped in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. The innovative design and construction of family units is a work of architect Piet Bloom, who led the restoration of the historic Old Port district after its destruction in World War II.
The houses were an influential precedent for future progressive and innovative architectural development during the period when the reconstruction of Rotterdam constituted a central and important process. Piet developed the design of the houses as cubes tilted on hexagon-shaped pillars. The design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.
The inside the houses are divided into three levels accessible via narrow stairs. The lower level has a triangular base and it houses the living room and kitchen, the second level is reserved for two bedrooms and a bathroom, while the third level may have a different function depending on the needs of the owners.
(Photo Credits: Matthias Haker, Sagar Mohanty)