The Optimism Of Rotterdam

We all need some OPTIMISM. For me OPTIMISM is visualized for example by the architecture of Piet Blom and his Cube houses in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He tried to create a metaphor for living in trees. Visitors might ask, if the houses could struggle and fall on their nose? Or if sometimes maybe some tables, sofas or TV-screen fell out of the windows? Or if people must pay a monthly rent for those surprising rooms – or if they are earning a lot of money for their courage, to climb up and down in those rooms every minute of their life? What do you think, discovering those houses? P.S.: Because my daughter is an architect, I have the fear one day she might follow the strong optimism of Piet Blom, Rotterdam …
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photo by Dietmut Teijgeman-Hansen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; click on the picture to enter her flickr galleries! P.S.: Once, during World War II, Germany destroyed the city of Rotterdam using the V1 rockets of Wernher von Braun. I’m glad that the destroyed Rotterdam had power enough, to start a new future with optimism – and with enough courage for modern architectural experiments. The photographer Dietmut (my name is Dietmar) after the war moved from Hamburg to Rotterdam following her love. I’m glad, that things are going better every decade …

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20 responses to “The Optimism Of Rotterdam

  1. I wonder what the cost may be?

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  2. my optimistic song of the day:
    If I had a hammer by Trini Lopez (1963):

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  3. Vielen Dank Dietmar, was eine Ehre für mich, so sehe ich dies. Ich lese immer Deine Artikel, auch wenn ich nicht immer Kommentar gebe. Mache so weiter, wir haben Freude an Deine Geschichten. Liebe Grüsse Dietmut

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  4. Interesting idea and great realisation
    Would like to have a look inside
    Happy eastern
    Wolfgang

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  5. Sonel

    Wow! Stunning! 🙂

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  6. I love such architecture but I agree with you. Planning buildings always come with difficulty because of the law, money and human egotism.

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  7. I’d like to do a walk-thorough int those cube houses. It looks to me like there would be a lot of wasted space inside. The effect on the outside is interesting, but I prefer practicality in a structure … especially if I’m paying for it.

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  8. Fabulous! Inside and out!

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  9. This is probably what would have happened if I had tried to build those walls straight!
    Interesting! I didn’t know your daughter was an architect! I worked for a small architectural firm in the past… it was a bit stressful at times (deadlines, etc.), but always interesting!

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  10. Interesting, I like it – I think! but to live there may be different!

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  11. How interesting! Very cool Frizz. Margie

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  12. Very intriguing! Looking at it from the outside is disorienting for me. Being inside might be ok if the floors are level and not slanted like the outside.

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  13. polly

    very intestesting

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  14. Hooray for Piet Blom’s optimismj (would love to try to live in one of these houses!) and the optimism of the city folk of Rotterdam!

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