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    #76
    and finally for the inner being to strengthen we had our diner here at point 4 (orange line)





    best regards Thijs

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      #77
      And that was a perfect end to our great first full day of my 2014 holiday in Dutchie land. Already so many places, so many images, so many wonderful moments were starting to build up, Thijs' hard work in planning made sure of that.
      The following day started with something very different, something unusual which I had found out about by accident and wondered if it would be possible to see. But no sooner ask Thijs than it was scheduled.
      So tomorrow off we go into Rotterdam.
      Ivy

      "To thine own self be true.......
      Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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        #78
        So we, or rather Thijs, drove into Rotterdam on a lovely sunny morning. We were going to find the curiosities that I had discovered while Googling for goodness knows what. Thijs found a convenient street parking spot and we walked along the street until we came to these:

        Err.. rrr.. well... umm-m-mm
        OK, let's try this way:


        No, no, no, that can't be right. Heck, one last try:


        Got it. The lamp standard is right way up so it must be correct.




        Ivy

        "To thine own self be true.......
        Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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          #79
          A closer look:


          Yes, it's correct. Really. Yes, it's a house. Really.
          Last edited by wherrygirl; July 1st, 2014, 15:22.
          Ivy

          "To thine own self be true.......
          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            #80
            The Cube Houses in Rotterdam and Helmond (in North Brabant) are a concept of the architect Piet Blom. He wanted to create a quiet place for people to live, where around a central open area there would be small businesses, shops etc. and then at first floor level would be cube-shaped houses tilted on one corner, clustering together. He envisaged them almost as a group of tree-houses, together making a forest in the heart of a city.
            The first cube houses were built at Helmond in 1975, followed by more two years later. Then came plans for some in Rotterdam, although they were not started until 1982 and were completed in 1984.

            The entrance:

            The very pleasant central area:



            Then moving round to the left of the group of potted plants and, looking towards the bike, a slightly closer view:

            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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            • yvneac
              yvneac commented
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              I like all these angles.Stunning.Iwonder how is life inside.

            #81
            We'll be putting on some photos later which were taken inside one of the houses,Yves. One enterprising occupant decided to open his to visitors! Most certainly I would not like to live in one permanently, though as a city pad for occasional weekends it would be fine. But so much of the interior area is wasted because of the angle of the walls - I read somewhere that it was about 25% of the floor space, so that there is quite a cramped feeling inside. My house is tiny, as Ralf will tell you, but I can walk across the room and feel I'm going somewhere, whereas with these little places a couple of strides and you're by the opposite wall. But down in the central court there was a lovely feeling of being sheltered from the noise and bustle outside despite the fact that we were in the heart of Rotterdam. There was peace, tranquility.
            It seems that the architect's original vision for the area was never realised, and the building plan never completed.
            Ivy

            "To thine own self be true.......
            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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              #82
              and besides that,what about the furnitures?
              you have 3 chooses;
              a,let them build for the house.
              b.buy the ''normal'' furnitures,and saw them so they fit into the house.(and let them there when youre moving to another house,because they wont ''fit'' in a normal house.
              c.buy ''normal'' furnitures a let them like that,and loose a lot of living space.

              but where still outside here,see the garbageman as a matter of size to the ''tree''




              best regards Thijs

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                #83
                ones, in a dark dark forrest,there lives a .......

                i won't go further,i don't want tofrightening you.



                best regards Thijs

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                  #84


                  on the street between the ''trees'' little shops,a chess pieces museum,a hairdresser,and some more.

                  best regards Thijs

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                    #85


                    best regards Thijs

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                      #86
                      A fascinating piece of architecture indeed.

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                        #87
                        a kind of memorial for the architect.



                        best regards Thijs

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                          #88
                          One of the shops:



                          An exit to the left of the shop:



                          A quiet corner with a view outside.


                          Just to the right is one of the exits:
                          Last edited by wherrygirl; July 3rd, 2014, 13:01.
                          Ivy

                          "To thine own self be true.......
                          Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                            #89
                            Thijs, where did you see that memorial at #87? I missed out on that and it's rather attractive with the potted plants round it.
                            Ivy

                            "To thine own self be true.......
                            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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                            • yvneac
                              yvneac commented
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                              Agree Ivy this shot is very handy to understand what was the architect's plan.

                            • janihudi
                              janihudi commented
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                              somewhere against one of the ''treestam'' on the Courtyard

                            #90
                            Going up the steps and entering the Cube House that was open to visitors we went up the second flight to the living area.


                            The kitchen:


                            View from the kitchen window:

                            Ivy

                            "To thine own self be true.......
                            Thou canst not then be false to any man."

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