The world famous cube-complex by Piet Blom consists of 51 cube-form private dwellings and three ‘super cubes’. Two of the supercubes originally housed the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and have now been redeveloped into a hostel with 49 completely different rooms. The slanted faces of the cubes create unusual triangular and hexagonal floor plans. The complicated, disorienting geometry of the building required a new, unambiguous circulation area. Corridors and sky bridges connect the rooms on the higher levels to a central void. An ‘interior cube, an abstract representation of the surrounding cube houses, is hung in the void to mark the central core of the building. A new elevator runs through the interior cube, enabling the guest to experience the full dimensions of the cubes.
NJHC beheer / Stayokay
Overblaak, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Breijer, Rotterdam / TES installatietechniek BV, Tilburg / Van Galen Klimaattechniek BV, Rotterdam
architectenbureau Kees van Lamoen, Studio Edward van Vliet (SEVV)
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Peutz B.V.