Travel Tales

Living Inside A Box At The Cube House, Rotterdam

In focus for today’s #TravelerTuesday are one of the most unique living spaces I’ve ever come across, The Cube Houses at Rotterdam in Netherlands.

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(place in above photograph: a view of the cube houses from the streets of Rotterdam)

During my first to the Netherlands, this was one of those attractions which was on top of my list and I ended up visiting them on my very first day in town. However, because of time constraints, I missed out on checking them out from the inside.

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(place in above photograph: a view of the cube houses from the common space shared among the cube houses)

Oh yes! You can go see how these peculiar one-of-a-kind houses are from inside, because one of the houses has been turned into a museum of sorts and is accessible to public (the ticket costs just 2 Euros and the visiting hours are 10am to 6pm). Luckily, on my second visit, I got to explore this architectural wonder from within too!

(place in above photograph: the top floor of the Cube House)

What I was left marveling at most was how in such a small space, each corner has been effectively utilised to make space for everything essential, and there’s still no cramming up.

(place in above video: the first floor of the Cube House with the hall and kitchen)

(place in above video: stairs leading from the first floor to the second floor which houses a bedroom, a washroom and a study area)

(place in above video: the top floor of the Cube House which houses a lounge)

I chose a great time to visit too, because I went just before they were shutting it, and it was time for sunset too, so I got to see the setting sun from the top floor of the house, as the rays of the sun settled on the glass tops of each of the roofs of these clustered houses. It was a sight worth it all.

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(place in above photograph: the top floor lounge of the Cube House)

If in town, visit these for some architectural and home decor inspiration. And, for those wanting to explore even further, and wondering how living in such a space would be, there’s hostel here. Yep, you can stay at Stayokay Rotterdam to get the practical experience of life in such a space (I definitely intend to do so if I get another chance to visit this city)

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(place in above photograph: the entrance to StayOkay Hostel at the Cube Houses, Rotterdam)

Pro-tip: The Cube Houses are a walking distance from the Rotterdam Central Station. If you don’t want to do that, take the tram or metro to enjoy local transportation and attractions. Also, the De Markthal Rotterdam (another architectural attraction) is right opposite the cube houses, so you can cover that too!

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(place in above photograph: Markthal, Rotterdam)

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