Kijk-Kubus
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Always wanted to see one of the most special houses from the inside? Now we even have something better for you! Visit our ART cube and enjoy the cube house in Van Gogh style. You can also see some of the best street photography by Dutch photographer Perry van der Hoek and streetart by Timon. Enjoy the Art Cube and see Rotterdam through the eyes of an artist!
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Address
Neighbourhood: Stadsdriehoek
How to get there
  • Blaak • 1 min walk
  • Oostplein • 7 min walk
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  • Jaklyn H
    Bristol, United Kingdom3 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A bit of a sad display
    We visited the Cube House Museum today. Worth doing for the small price of €3 each. Interesting to see the way it worked and much bigger than expected. The main disappointment was how dirty the display house was with a lot of dust and grime. Very little furnishings. It felt like it had been neglected and no-one cared to have it looking it's best.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 March 2023
  • David S
    Burke, Virginia410 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simultaneously not much and great
    When you see the Kijk-Kubus your brain can't figure out how it works and you really want to see how the apartments work. So in that regard the tour of the Cubes is worthwhile. At the same time the "museum" is nothing more than a poorly furnished apartment - but it is the only way to see the mystery of the Cubes.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Wendy B
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weird but interesting experience
    We were in Rotterdam on a mini cruise stopover and my husband has always wanted to see the cube houses. Really strange to look at but fascinating too. You can pay 2 euros and go round one of the houses - worth it to get the full experience. Made me feel disorientated. The whole area is surreal, definitely worth a look.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Voka zero
    Shiraz, Iran18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kubuswoningen، an asymmetric forest of cube houses
    The symbol of the city of Rotterdam is undoubtedly the Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen). These buildings were designed by Piet Blom and the houses are actually cubic and inclined at 45 degrees. Even stranger than that, these cube houses form a pedestrian bridge in one of the busiest streets in Rotterdam, leading to the centre of the city. The cube houses are designed as an abstract forest, and the tip of each roof resembles the tip of the trees of an asymmetric forest. The canal next to these houses, boats and nearby cafes have created a special atmosphere around this amazing work.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,468 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Icon of Rotterdam
    While the collection of modern buildings has genuinely replenished Rotterdam's image of modernity and innovation, this is perhaps the most remarkable and recognizable landmark. Overblaak Development, or the cube houses, has long been a major tourist attraction of the Dutch city. Beyond seeing from outside, tourists may want to enter a small museum in the house itself.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 7 June 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting architecture and a must-see
    This is a very interesting piece of architecture, very close and conveniently lcoated next to the train station at Rotterdam Blaak. Took a lot of photos. Used this also as an overpass to access the row of restaurents/cafe facing Witte Huis.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Doctor_When
    Droitwich, United Kingdom121 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't be square, live in a Cube
    What a strange exercise in architecture the Cube Houses are! Many of these curiosities are inhabited, and I am sure their resident love them. There are a couple of open Cubes for visitors to explore in their own time, though narrow corridors and steep steps might mean that they're not suitable for all. Very strange to see the odd wall angles, and it's quite difficult to imagine what it would be like living in these oddities, but worth a trip if you like a bit of modernism / brutalism.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 December 2023
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Cubic houses or Blaak Forest is something that is absolutely necessary to see in Rotterdam. This is easy to do, because the houses are located next to the Blaak metro station, which in itself is worthy of attention. Built in 1982-84 by Piet Blom, these houses symbolized trees. The base or trunk of a "tree" made of concrete with a brick parapet serves not only as a supporting structure, but also as a functional one. There is an entrance and stairs to the top. The cube includes three levels - a "street house" with a kitchen and living room, a "heavenly house" with bedrooms and a winter garden at the very top. The houses look extremely impressive from the outside, but they raise many questions about the quality of life inside. After all, the tilt-and-turn windows are tilted with respect to the floor at an angle of 55 degrees. Because of this, at least a quarter of the internal volume is "eaten". The cubic houses are privately owned and inhabited, but it is possible to live inside at the Stayokay Hostel. But I took a night Flixbus ticket to Paris and deprived myself of such a great opportunity.
Written 17 January 2024
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Ectoplasm Fantasia
Birmingham, UK1,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I loved these houses!

I’ve travelled all over the world and not seen anything quite like this!

The yellow colour really sets them off too!

100% a must visit in Rotterdam.
Written 16 December 2023
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Doctor_When
Droitwich, UK121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
What a strange exercise in architecture the Cube Houses are! Many of these curiosities are inhabited, and I am sure their resident love them. There are a couple of open Cubes for visitors to explore in their own time, though narrow corridors and steep steps might mean that they're not suitable for all.

Very strange to see the odd wall angles, and it's quite difficult to imagine what it would be like living in these oddities, but worth a trip if you like a bit of modernism / brutalism.
Written 13 December 2023
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Allistair A
Burnley, United Kingdom2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The cube houses look awesome from outside. Compact inside, and steep stairs but azt €3. Well worth an hour. Also don't miss the neerby market.
Written 9 November 2023
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Tin_Manila
Manila, Philippines377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This is a very interesting piece of architecture, very close and conveniently lcoated next to the train station at Rotterdam Blaak. Took a lot of photos. Used this also as an overpass to access the row of restaurents/cafe facing Witte Huis.
Written 29 June 2023
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China14,468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
While the collection of modern buildings has genuinely replenished Rotterdam's image of modernity and innovation, this is perhaps the most remarkable and recognizable landmark. Overblaak Development, or the cube houses, has long been a major tourist attraction of the Dutch city. Beyond seeing from outside, tourists may want to enter a small museum in the house itself.
Written 7 June 2023
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ClaireAdamMoss
Ilfracombe, UK4,704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
You must visit this lovely part of Rotterdam.
The houses really are unique and were so happy that we were able to go in and take a look around one to see how they are laid out.
It really is fascinating how one man's imagination had been brought to life and that they have stood the test of time. They are surprisingly spacious inside & definitely worth the few euros to have a look around.
Written 14 May 2023
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Voka zero
Shiraz, Iran18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The symbol of the city of Rotterdam is undoubtedly the Cube Houses (Kubuswoningen). These buildings were designed by Piet Blom and the houses are actually cubic and inclined at 45 degrees. Even stranger than that, these cube houses form a pedestrian bridge in one of the busiest streets in Rotterdam, leading to the centre of the city. The cube houses are designed as an abstract forest, and the tip of each roof resembles the tip of the trees of an asymmetric forest. The canal next to these houses, boats and nearby cafes have created a special atmosphere around this amazing work.
Written 9 May 2023
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Maureen H
Jay, NY38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Loved seeing the inside of these architectural oddities. Definitely helped me to envision how people live in them. Worth the minimal admission fee for the short, self-guided tour.
Written 3 May 2023
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Wendy B
Coventry17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We were in Rotterdam on a mini cruise stopover and my husband has always wanted to see the cube houses. Really strange to look at but fascinating too. You can pay 2 euros and go round one of the houses - worth it to get the full experience. Made me feel disorientated. The whole area is surreal, definitely worth a look.
Written 27 April 2023
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