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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.
" Wonderful place with unique architecture. Offers buildings in different styles. Great scenery and good spots to take pictures."
" Honestly, it was okay to visit the buildings as a block. However, my suggestion is, do not go to the so called "museum" where charged us two euros per person. There's definitely nothing to visit but rude staffs. They shouted to us in a very impolite way and doubted we're not paying the tickets, though we've already paid to another staff who’s standing on another side. The suggestion to so-called “museum” is please tell your staffs to always be polite and acting decently even when someone looks like having not paid the tickets."
" Very interesting structure, if you are getting there and not for the hostel. Take advantage of the museum there for 3€ to have a quick looksy of what the architecture is from the in side. The idea is beautiful and to see how we could have lived in much small spaces then we used to. Check it out..."
" Very interesting architectural design being used in daily life by real people. The open house is a useful way to look around and get a feel for what it would be like to live here. It's pretty cramped getting around a 3 storey 100m2 apartment with a bunch of other tourists, but it is what it is! €3 is a reasonable entrance fee to pay IMHO."
" Just a short visit in one of the cubes to see how they can be decorated. It's worth a quick stop, and the price is fair. Would however not consider a visit to the cube essential for your experience of Rotterdam. The cube houses themselves of course yes, they are located also centrally, and offer a nice view on the old port."
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