Dutch Architecture: Amsterdam Cube Houses

Cube houses, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond, in the Netherlands, designed by the architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living like an urban roof": high-density housing with enough space on the ground floor.

The Rotterdam houses are located on Overblaak Street, and next to the Blaak metro station. There are 38 little cubes and two so-called 'super-cubes, all linked together.

As residents are frequently disturbed by curious passersby, one of the owners decided to open a "show cube", which is decorated like a normal house, and is making a living off the tour offer for visitors.

The houses have three floors: the ground floor entrance, the first floor with living room and kitchenette; second floor with two bedrooms and a bathroom and upper floor, sometimes used as a small garden

The walls and windows are at a 54,7 degree angle. The total area of ​​the apartment is about 100 square meters, but around a quarter of the space can be used due to the walls that are inside the angled ceilings.

The original idea for these cubic houses came in the 1970s. The concept behind these houses is that a forest is created for each cube that represents an abstract tree, so the entire town becomes a forest. The cubes contain the living areas, which are divided into three levels.