As one of Rotterdam’s most iconic buildings, Kubuswoningen is a world famous cubes complex designed by Dutch architect Piet Blom in 1977 and completed in the early 1980s, it comprised 40 housing units, as well as three larger cubes, that were designed to host public activities.
Since 2005, Personal Architecture has been renovating all three super cubes into residential units, the third cube is designed as a residence for up to 20 prisoners who in the final stages of their detention, to help them reintegrate into society, or ex-prisoners, needing extra help in doing so.
This is one of a series of Exodus homes run by the Exodus Foundation, a nationwide organisation with centres in 11 cities across the Netherlands.
A central void that visually connects all four levels, this layout lets light flow down to the lower floors, and around it are organised the staircase and support facilities such as storage spaces and kitchen.
Inspiration from architect:
In the center of the building is placed a rectangular tube, so that over the entire height of the building, an open space is created with a size of three by three meters. The loft increases the transparency and clarity of the building and sheds the excess light from the ridge to the lower floors.