Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Unique Rotterdam

Salam and good day!

On our way to Brussels from The Hague, we stopped by at Rotterdam. We didn't plan to go to Rotterdam at first because we browsed online that there's not much to see there. Luckily we stopped anyway because I wanted to fill the tank.

While we were there, my friend told me we should visit the cube houses (houses that shaped like a cube). From the sound of it, I knew it would be an interesting thing to see. So we find a place for us to park the car. 

We parked the car at a market located near the cube houses. The market itself is a unique building. The architecture is just simply amazing.

The market is like a mall, but actually selling loads of farmer's market stuff such as fresh bread, cheese, spices, poultry and so much more. My friend even bought tea from the market. They sold various types and flavours of tea.

 The cube houses is located just in front of the market building. 

This is what it looks like.

I have no idea how they built this. But according to wikipedia, The houses are designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of "living as an urban roof": high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest.

Does it look like a forest??? 

There's also a show house where you can visit for €2.50 (if I'm not mistaken).

The walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. The total area of the apartment is around 100 square meters, but around a quarter of the space is unusable because of the walls that are under the angled ceilings (Wikipedia again..)

Kind of nice huh?

Nice office space.

View from inside the house.

There's a door leading to outside, but it's locked. So I can only peeked through the window.

The attic. There's only this sofa, two chairs and some plants. You can put a child's room here.

Overall, the house is not suitable for people with leg pains..hehe... Because the stairs are narrow and a lot. The house comprises of three stories. Some of them are even occupied (people actually live here). There are a few houses here that are been used for hostel that can be rented if you want to have a taste of living here. 

So that's all the place that we go to at Rotterdam. Very short visit. At least we can say we've been here. huhu..

Until next time...

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