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The Cube Houses in Rotterdam are famous all over the world because of their striking design. Tourists from all over the world visit Rotterdam to see these houses. You can make beautiful pictures from the outside but you also have the opportunity to visit one of the houses inside, the so-called Kijkkubus (show cube house).
The Cube Houses were designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom, who tilted a traditional, cube-shaped house 45 degrees and lifted it on a hexagon-shaped pylon. Each of the houses represent a tree and all togther they represent a forest. The 38 Cube Houses are all connected together with two supersized cubes at both ends of the string. The houses have got three floors with a living space of around 100 square meters. Some residents use the small third floor as their garden.
The cubes don't have any straight walls inside, so this gives residents a headache when they need to buy their furniture. People that choose to live in these houses have to be a genious in home decoration. Sometimes a Cube House is offered for sale: prices start at €175.000,-.
The Cube Houses attracted so many spectators that one of the residents decided to open his house to the public. This Kijkkubus (Show Cube) is open to the public to see what it's like to live in a Cube House. After a visit, you can imagine the challenges that the residents have to deal with every day! Watch your head while walking through the house! Tip: you can make great pictures of the Old Harbour between the cube houses but also the other way around. You can make beautiful pictures of the cube houses from the Old Harbour to get history and modern design in one picture.
Do you want to experience what it´s like to sleep in a cube house? You can book a room in the StayOkay Hostel Rotterdam which is located in one of the megacubes. The hostel doesn´t have any straight walls and the staff had to be very creative to use the space. You can book a bed in a shared bedroom or your own private room.
The Cube Houses are located within the Blaak area where you can find some other striking designs like the underground Blaak railway station, the city library and Het Potlood (Pencil tower). The cube houses are located opposite another popular attraction of Rotterdam, the Market hall, so it's easy to combine your visit. Have a look at our page about architecture in Rotterdam for an overview of the most striking buildings in Rotterdam.
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The Cube Houses in Rotterdam are located in the city centre at Overblaak 70 in the Blaak area. From Rotterdam Central Station, get there by metro or train and stop at Blaak. Plan your trip at www.9292.nl. It's free of charge. To travel by public transport in Rotterdam you must purchase a travel chip card first.
You can park in the Kiphof or Oude Haven Public Parking or in the surrounding streets, but you'll have to pay to park in Rotterdam city centre until 11 pm by EC card or creditcard.
" Really cool place to check out in Rotterdam. There is one which is also a hostel so you can see what they look like inside. Somewhat of an optical illusion. They are close to the market place which you can’t miss either!"
" Great place to stop for a quick photo. The sample/museum house is worth checking out too, to see how it's all laid out (bedroom, kitchen, etc). Super cute with more history/information on the houses. Spent about 15-30m in this area"
" It's really a different architecture, it's difficult to imagine from outside on how they have actually made this... So to know this you have to go and see from inside. They have one cube house open for people with charge of minimal 1-2 euros. Some of the houses are used as a hostel, it would be nice experience to stay in such a incredible houses."
" Their stange and unprecedented design is fascinating. But all in all, you can't find much and be disappointed. It is a good example of architecture. You can see them free of charge but if you want to enter inside, you must pay nearly 2 euros per person."
" Great to be inside one of these iconic houses. It does feel a bit like a quirky tree house. As a museum it's not really living up to its potential with only one small printout on a pillar somewhere. There must be so much more material that could be put on display. Anyway, for a few Euros it was worth it, especially if you don't expect much and bring some imagination."
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