This archive is a collection of factual data and publications, like magazine- and newspaper clippings as well as video and photo material, about the architect, the design, the surroundings and issues related to the cube-houses.
The Build 1982-1984
The build of "Blaakoverbouwing" was a true adventure. Much of the construction was done in situ, so with very little prefab elements. Firstly the bridge had to be build with lots of steel and concrete. Later the top tier of actual cubes was constructed.
The first renovation of 1997-1998 gave the building a new look. A zinc roof along with a white polyesther cap over the existing structure and a new coat of paint on the lower surfaces.
The second renovation in 2015 was executed with specially developed building platforms that were hoisted over the cube tops. The windows of the upper surfaces were outfitted with new glass and putty. Again the lower surfaces were given a resh coat of paint.
The Oude Haven, Blaak Station, the Markthal, municipal library and the Binnenrotte surround the cube-houses. It is an area that many visitors experience as being extraordinairy, diverse and fascinating. It is this area where once the city emerged as a fishers village.
The immediate surroundings are formed by the "Overblaak", a promenade at the foot of the cube-houses, containing four small squares. A unique place with various small business spaces. In the eighties Overblaak was regularly used for various cultural activities such as the Overblaak Fashion Promenade. From 2000 onwards more and more green was introduced here.
West-side (Blaak Station & Blaak Tower)