Got cut short last post…

For some reason, I couldn’t write anymore on the last post so i’ll continue it here.

I continued my adventures in The Netherland’s most architecturally advanced city, Rotterdam. Also home of our favorite, Rem Koolhaas. After WWII left the area in chaos, there was plenty of opportunity for architecture to thrive and flourish.

Light, air and space became the motto after the war.

Today’s Rotterdam is an ode to modern architecture, where home-grown and foreign architects are given all the space they need, both literally and figuratively.

Here are several photos of incredible buildings that I don’t know the name of or the architect behind it. If you do know, please help!



One of my favorite places in all of Rotterdam was the Kubuswoning, the Cube Houses. Designed by Piet Blom in 1984, the traditional cube is tilted 45 degrees and set on a hexagonal shaped pylon. This popular attraction holds 38 houses all attached to one another along some where some of the space between each pylon is utilized as stores and such. Luckily, one house was turned into a “show cube” where tourists like me got to experience the cube home in person.

CourtyardOne house unit

These following photos are of inside the “show house.” The first floor consists of a lounge, bathroom and an open kitchen. The second floor holds the a bedroom, desk/office area and another bathroom. The third floor can be used as either a garden or a sun room-like lounge. The visit was a great experience with some rather unique spaces and circulation paths. One of the most impressive features of the house was the placement of windows and the manipulation of natural lighting.Here’s a walkthrough!

Living room on the first floorKitchenDSC_0117

Spiral staircaseMaster bedroom

Work deskStairs to the third floor

3rd floorView of the stairs from the 3rd floor

spiral stairs from the first floor the the main floor outsidesigning book

Continuing my journey with the 7 senses in mind, i noticed several more buildings that i thought integrated the consideration of sight effectively into its facade.

DSC_0085detailed view

DSC_0071KPN TowerKPN Tower

I threw in the beautiful Erasmus Bridge by UN Studio for fun :)

Eramus Bridge Beatiful view under the structure

That’s it for now, I think the other subjects deserve a post of their own.

LOOK! Rasterbation!

Rastorbated store front


5 Responses to “Got cut short last post…”

  1. 2009/07/09 at 11:30 am

    What a way to spend your summer! Great photos. Any way we could get a video (+ sound), too?

    Regarding smell, a book I read a few weeks ago mentioned (among many other things) different kinds of woods being used for doors so that the action of opening and closing them would release a scent…materials play a vital role in how ALL of our senses react to architecture. It’s an amazing topic to explore, and makes it seem ridiculous that so many people (students and professionals alike) get caught up in the visual aspect of a project that they forget these other things. Back to the chiming building, I wonder if you could “play” a building like an instrument, and how its site contributes to this part of the architecture (what if there was more/less wind, or with a different direction, etc.?). The paper mache room is probably very “touch” oriented – I imagine it would be easy to navigate blindfolded even for someone who didn’t know anything about the space.

    The building with the glass cubes growing out of it (#3 of the unidentified) reminds me of https://cmuarch2013.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/glass-as-a-building-material/ , though they’re obviously very different. Maybe someone should make a post about windows…

  2. 3 Jpun
    2009/07/09 at 5:39 pm

    Yeahh, theres a video floating around somewhere on one of the camcorders, i’ll find it and post it up tomorrow.
    And the chiming building, I really like that idea Talia! if one were to “play” a building like an instrument is something i really find interesting. There could be so many options and opportunities in that because of such a range of instruments. Those that require air to pass through, notes and pitches that change when buttons are pressed or released. I remember in pre-college i created a project where when the rain fell on it, the structure would create various chimes and echos due to different thickness and materials.
    Anyways, really cool topic, i’ll keep a lookout for things in relation to this.

  3. 4 dj2d
    2009/07/09 at 5:55 pm

    David Byrne, “Playing the Building”:


    Check out the first link under “Recordings” to see/hear the Maritime Building in action.

  4. 5 Kendra
    2009/07/10 at 6:38 pm

    That recording that Don mentioned was really interesting. At first it was a little difficult to understand because it seemed as though there were just video shots with sound pasted over them. Then it started to make more sense when you could see the individual components of the structure making sound. I wish that these details could also have been filmed from a little further away so that I could piece together the components to see the “bigger picture”. I really want to see/discover more about this project.

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