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.

 
 
not a single wall in this room is perpendicular

not a single wall in this room is perpendicular

the skyline of Rotterdam can be seen from the highest point

the skyline of Rotterdam can be seen from the highest point

the hostel bar

the hostel bar

one of the bridges connecting the hostel rooms and creating a visual connection with the other floors

one of the bridges connecting the hostel rooms and creating a visual connection with the other floors

one of the bridges connecting the two different sides

one of the bridges connecting the two different sides

cutting through the interior cube

cutting through the interior cube

Personal-Architecture-rotterdam-Stayokay-08-Taco vd Werf - Stayokay.jpg
during construction - completely stripped

during construction - completely stripped

during construction - huge scaffolding to reach the highest levels

during construction - huge scaffolding to reach the highest levels

during construction - completely stripped

during construction - completely stripped

during construction - the interior cube

during construction - the interior cube

 

client
NJHC beheer / Stayokay

address
Overblaak, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

completed
2009

contractor
Breijer, Rotterdam / TES installatietechniek BV, Tilburg / Van Galen Klimaattechniek BV, Rotterdam

collaborations
architectenbureau Kees van Lamoen, Studio Edward van Vliet (SEVV)

advisors
IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs, Peutz B.V.

role P·A
architect

project photos
P·A