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Keeping One's Balance

My household goods, shipped from America, were delivered to me from Rotterdam, Holland,
on Friday the 9th, and for the last few days I've been working on unpacking everything.

Did you know that Rotterdam is famous for these cube houses designed by Piet Blom in the 1980s?
They're built on pylons, attached to one another, and are tilted 45 degrees.
Can you imagine unpacking and living in one of those?!

Keeping One's Balance

My household goods, shipped from America, were delivered to me from Rotterdam, Holland,
on Friday the 9th, and for the last few days I've been working on unpacking everything.

Did you know that Rotterdam is famous for these cube houses designed by Piet Blom in the 1980s?
They're built on pylons, attached to one another, and are tilted 45 degrees.
Can you imagine unpacking and living in one of those?!

comments (68)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2010, 00:21
Yes..yes I've heard of these..seen pictures. What a wonderfully playful and creative representation!!!
Ginnie Hart: When I saw these houses, Marcie, they seemed so sci-fi to me...so unreal, so pretend. For me they lended well to lots of twiddling/"creative representation." smile Thanks. smile
Interesting. The processing really shows them off. We've a university housing project here that is somewhat similar--bit depressing actually--especially for those living in those tiny places!
Ginnie Hart: This seemed so sci-fi to me, Dawn, I had to PP accordingly. They seemed so unreal. I think it'd be fun to live in one for maybe a day. But where would you hang your photographs! smile
I would venture to think they don't feel too much different on the inside, it's just the outside that is so odd to the eye.. But I like this processing1
Ginnie Hart: My understanding is there is little space for straight walls/furniture...kinda like living in an attic with all those angles. Where do you put things! Thanks.
  • robin
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2010, 01:30
that is one amazing picture! i am looking forward to our new adventure!
Ginnie Hart: Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, Robin! grin Thank you.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Jan 2010, 02:29
Ginnie has a serious case of the Twiddles, and is making the most of it.

I am more interested in the bicycle-shaped objects that are being used to hold everything up, Ginnie.

Brilliant image!
Ginnie Hart: It was a very gray and blah sort of day, Ray, not doing jusice to these architectural delicacies. I was trying all sorts of things before this but when this came up, it was a bingo for me. Too much fun. smile Thanks.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2010, 03:19
happy unpacking! and no, i can't imagine living is an angle cube...where do you hang your pictures?
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Yvonne. And where do you put your square-cornerd furniture?? Thanks.
Never heard of cube houses before, very interesting and quite fascinating Ginnie. Great shot, love the colors and your processing. Good luck with unpacking, not my favorite thing to do.
Ginnie Hart: I can just imgine what these would look like in your hands, John! And thanks for the good luck. We started hanging things on the wall this past weekend but the outside walls are concrete and Astrid's drill bits didn't make a dent. So now we will have to get the housemaster's drill or go to Plan B. Sigh.
Wow...love the inverted processing on this! Very cool!
Ginnie Hart: Nothing else seemed to work for me on this one Caroline, till I came to this. Then it felt like a Bingo. The whole thing looked so unreal to me. Who would live there...long term?
Holy Moses, Ginnie! I've messed with some similar processing options and thought,"Oh, gack." But with the right subject, they work!

Now, is that a fire truck in the middle? And a fireman to the right? Is there something else here we should know about?

And how is it that I'm thinking, "I'm not sure I like this" at the very same time that I can't stop looking at it? smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, that's a fire truck, Linda, and perhaps a fireman on the right? We were there for only a minute or two outside the train station while getting our bearings for our destination (the customs' office!). I can count on one hand how may time I have used this kind of PPing in 3-4 years. It just seemed to work here because the whole thing was just incredulous to me! Too sci-fi to be believable. Thanks for looking. smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jan 2010, 05:41
Een prachtige foto, great twiddle you did here!!
I would never want to live in one of these, I have heard that they are very unpractical to live in, cleaning the windows inside and outside is almost not to be done.
I am very happy with the place we live in now..... wink
BTW there is a four-lane traffic underneath these houses......day and night
Ginnie Hart: You were so patient, waiting for me to take these pictures while tackling the map for our next destination...the customs' office. Or was it the tax office?! I think there could be an appeal to living in a place like this for a day or two. But then what! Where would we hang everything? Where would we find triangular furniture?? grin Where we live right now will suit me for a long time to come, MLMA.
tu changes de ton? c'est très joli et étrange
Ginnie Hart: Every once in awhile, O-P, I have to go crazy. smile Merci.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Jan 2010, 07:26
Eye catching processing Ginnie, as for living in one of those...not likely smile
Ginnie Hart: It was very hard to imagine what it would be like to live there, Tony. I would have enjoyed a tour through a model cube! Thanks.
Looks like you have recreated whatever he was on when he designed thesegrin
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bill. So sci-fi. smile Thanks.
I have seen a documentary on these houses Ginnie.
A very nicely twiddled image!
Ginnie Hart: I sure hope they showed the inside, Richard? If so, I'd like to see it! Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • canada
  • 18 Jan 2010, 08:11
i've never heard of them before, i thought i was looking at an escher drawing!! and no i can't imagine living in one lol i know, i can't stop playing with my blog, my bad smile
Ginnie Hart: I had never heard of them either, Elane, till Astrid told me it's one of the things Rotterdam is known for. I was glad to cast my own eyes upon them.

And yes, you never disappoint when I go to your blog. I wait with bated breath. HA!
Ginnie Hart: It sure is something to stare at, Ricardo, for a long time. Gracias.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 18 Jan 2010, 08:50
Someone leaves the front door open and you are out of it. Slip sliding away!
No wonder the dutch have legalised hashish - gotta keep your head in places like this smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Astrid will like that, Louis. smile
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 Jan 2010, 08:53
Wow what colour
Ginnie Hart: Something to light up your day, Vintage, in case you need it. smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Jan 2010, 09:09
It's a crazy world - I hope all your stuff made it in one piece ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Mike, not one thing was broken or damaged in any way. But it took an am and a leg to finally get it all! Thanks.
They look great and am sure they make sense inside. You must be excited to see all your things again.
Ginnie Hart: I would love to see the interior of these houses and see how each occupant has decorated them. That would be educational.

And yes, seeing my own soulful things mixed in with Astrid's has finally made this move seem totally real. We both have been exclaiming over it. Thanks, Chad.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jan 2010, 09:27
Hey hey hey Ginnie: youur twiddling skills are almost as good as mine!
Ginnie Hart: I guess you could say you've paved the way for me in twiddling and I have paved the way for you in retirement, Chris! smile
Yes, Rotterdam in its early architectural years...
Ginnie Hart: I guess it's you Dutch who have kept this secret for so long, Chantal. smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Jan 2010, 09:43
I thought I must have strayed onto the wrong blog for a minute there Ginnie! Amazing looking houses - I wonder how the people like living there.
Ginnie Hart: I would love to know what the longevity rate is, Ingrid, especially since it's right outside a train station on a busy street. It might be fun for a day or two.

It's good to see you again, BTW! I wish you the best with your continued photographic studies!
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 18 Jan 2010, 09:48
how totally weird, my stomach lurches just to look at them - does anyone you know live in one, would love a peek smile. i have a great connection to rotterdam. just opposite our office, in usa river, there is a "nyama choma" restaurant. swahili, roughly translating as 'cooked meat' - it's called The Rotterdam and its our favourite hangout, we tend to refer to it as just 'the rot' though smile
Ginnie Hart: I love the connections such cities make all around the world, Eliza. It really is a small world after all. Nobody I know lives in one of these cube houses, no, but I sure would love to peek inside with you. smile Thanks.
  • navin
  • india
  • 18 Jan 2010, 09:57
Wow! very cool. Are you really living in one of these?
Ginnie Hart: NoNoNo, Navin. We do NOT live in one of those cube houses. I can't imagine what it would be like to do so. But they sure were fun to stare at! smile Thanks.
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 18 Jan 2010, 10:02
A creative image solarize, beautiful idea and beautiful color.bravo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Roland. It was the only filter that worked for me after trying all the others. grin Merci.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jan 2010, 10:22

have you been in to see one yet?

can you drag astrid out of the sweet shop please
Ginnie Hart: HA! You found the same link I used in my text above, JIM. Great minds and all. smile And NO, I have not been inside or even seen pictures from inside. I need to do some more Googling, I think.

That Astrid has her own mind, you know, and hears you loud and clear. She was all set to work on a post for today when other things came up...like being asked to string tennis rackets, and having to get ready for city hall today, where we plan to set our wedding date after her work today. That woman cannot be rushed, you know. Too many other things on her mind. grin
That looks like it's straight from dreamland Ginnie. You did a great job.
Ginnie Hart: More like hubbub land, Janet. This is right outside the train station on a busy street. I can't imagine living there in a regular house, let alone an irregular one. BUT thanks for the compliment. Sometimes a bit of twiddling can make anything dreamy. smile
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 18 Jan 2010, 11:01
Superb creative representation and your framing is very good. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Antoine. You're very kind.
  • aussie
  • Australia
  • 18 Jan 2010, 11:12
Nicely twiddled Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Gotta twiddle ever so often, Aussie, right? smile Thaks.
Looks like an awkward place to live!
Ginnie Hart: Couldn't agree more, Nigel! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Jan 2010, 11:25
Oh, Ginnie, do you belong now to the PHotographic Association of Real Twiddlers [commonly known a PHART], too, that Bill mentioned yesterday on Chris' blog? Yes, I know the exciting modern architecture in Rotterdam like the cube houses or 'tree-houses (one apartment/woning I visited, oh no, not very comfortable!) and I remember the lovely old harbour-atmosphere around this plein on a warm summerday!
Oh, I imagine you now unpacking all things- there are surely some things that may intensify your feeling to be at home! All the best to you!
Ginnie Hart: Anything that has a HART after it I surely belong to, Philine, yes. grin Since you are familiar with these cube houses, I wonder if you have ever been inside of one? I wonder if there is a link to show us what the interior design might be? The day we were here back in December was bitterly cold and a bit nasty, to be honest. I was glad I managed a picture at all. Maybe we'll be back on a nicer day, though Rotterdam is not one of Astrid's favorite cities!

And yes, it has been indeed soulful to unpack my familiar things and have them fit right in with Astrid's. We both are feeling very much at home these days. Can you believe I have now been here 6 weeks!
Whoah! I think I may have overdone the Acid last night.... I need a lie down in a quiet room now.... ha ha
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Paul. Gotta shock people every once in awhile, don't you think? smile
Crazy stuff!
Ginnie Hart: I know, Tom. Sometimes I have to get out of my rut. grin Thanks.
How bizarre! Great shot though
Ginnie Hart: Very, very bizzare, Pamela, indeed! Thanks.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jan 2010, 12:40
re your answer of 10.22
ah, the best sweet is yet to come!
how exciting - pity you cannot photograph your own wedding though - don't you wish you could clone yourself just for a day for that purpose
Ginnie Hart: LOL, JIM. You are so right. We've been talking about that...who will be the photographer! That's one piece of the puzzle we haven't yet figured out! But we are getting very excited. We should have a date before we close our eyes tonight! smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Jan 2010, 12:41
Yes, Ginnie, I have been inside of one apartment, there is a show cube you can visit ( http://www.kubuswoning.nl/introkubuseng.html), but, to be honest, I found it not so interesting.
Wim made a beautiful etching of the 'White House' at the Old Harbour. Really great )in a double sense) is the Erasmus- Bridge (and I took some pics of it)! Wonderful is an Europoort-rondleiding by ship - Rotterdam is for me one of the most modern cities I know, not beautiful, but fascinating and virulent- for us Germans also combined with a horrible history, unfortunately!
Ginnie Hart: Oh wow, Philine. EINDELIJK, I can see some interior shots on your link. Actually, it looks very light on the inside, which may be its biggest asset? Thank you. And speaking of the Erasmus Bridge, just wait for my next two posts. smile
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jan 2010, 12:44
lands sake child, run
Ginnie Hart: But, but, but...I have done these before and look at me: I'm still fairly "normal," compared to them, right?! grin
  • Oscar
  • Barcelona
  • 18 Jan 2010, 12:45
wow, ilike, is diferent.but very beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: Very different, indeed, Oscar. smile Gracias.
These houses are very interesting, but not many have been built after these ones. There is not much space to hang picures so I 'm told, but one gets used to the tilting walls.
Ginnie Hart: In Philine's link above, Wim, I finally saw some interior shots. Lots of light, I see. That may be it's biggest asset? But if I didn't have a wall on which to hang your etchings, I'd be a goner!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jan 2010, 14:01
Crikey! I always imagined that a puff of wind had caught the architects' plans and they ended up like this accidentally wink I wonder what it's like living there?
Ginnie Hart: I don't think the plans were kept by anyone to be reused, Alan. Oh well. Someone had fun for a few minutes. smile
  • margie
  • canada
  • 18 Jan 2010, 14:12
i simply love this photo!! looking forward to our new blog.
Ginnie Hart: I just found out you know my sister, Ruth! It's a small world after all, Margie. And yes, I am really looking forward to our new venture.
Wonderful abstract treatment! Well done!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Pavan. It was fun to do. smile
a psychedelic vision of the world, Ginnie, very interesting
Ginnie Hart: Sometimes we just have to get HIGH, Fabrizio. grin Thanks.
They look really strange, but clever, I would like to see inside. Great twiddling Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Philine sent me this link, Linda, where you can see inside:
http://www.kubuswoning.nl/introkubuseng.html. How fun. It's not as bad as I thought...very light.
I have a feeling that most of the inhabitants would be of the younger generation as I don't think this type of home would have much appeal for older folk, Ginnie.

Your treatment here is very appropriate. Nice work.
Ginnie Hart: You may be right, Beverly, especially because of its location near the train station and on a busy street. Not for me. smile Thanks for your comment.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2010, 16:01
I cannot image living in those houses, but they sure look cool.
Ginnie Hart: I can't imagine it either, Kanyi. But someone sure has had fun with the idea. Thanks.
Good capture and processing Ginnie..but I'm going giddy just looking at the houses.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! We can all stand a bit of giddiness from time to time, right, Ron? smile
Please send bottle of what ever you were drinking at the time Ginnie.Great twiddle.
Ginnie Hart: LOL. I'll see if I can scrounge it out of the dumpster, Mick. grin Thanks.
I'm very interested to see the design of coffee mugs to cope with a 45 degree slope ... it certainly creates a new dimension for coffee drinking.

Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess so, Richard. Gotta take care of all the essentials! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 18 Jan 2010, 18:40
I have never heard of these houses. They look a bit odd though smile Very playful and colorful presentation. It suits the objects.
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't heard of them either, Frida, till we popped out of the train station and there they were. Then Astrid told me all about them. Very clever, if not practical! Thanks.
They are certainly very strange looking houses Ginnie, and I suspect some young lady has been trying out some new techniques with her Photoshop software, very interesting, even Master Bill seems to like it.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Brian. You can't keep a restless woman down, you know. grin Thanks.
Love what you have done with the colors. The fire truck is a nice touch.

I looked up these cube houses and the insides look cool but don't look comfortable for living. Kinda like Alice In Wonderland. I am sure I would get vertigo or nauseas living in one.

But like Louis said that is why they have Hashish. smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Hashish must cover a multitude of sins, John, though you couldn't prove it by me. grin Gotta love it.
Cool effect - almost like a graphic novel.I guess they give a new angle on life...
Ginnie Hart: I hadn't thought of a graphic novel, George...I like that. Thank you kindly.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2010, 00:54
it does sound trippy living in there.. but i'd sure like to give it a try.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Try anything once, Rian, right? grin
I get dizzy just thinling about them.
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Michael. I keep tilting my head! smile
Interesting leaving way!!!
Nice architecture nevertheless and nice colour effect at this shot!
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to see and process, RS. Thanks for your comment.
Great image, strange architecture, cube houses! Very original presentation!
Ginnie Hart: The presentation somehow had to fit the strangeness of what I saw, Andrei. Thanks.
no, i couldn't imagine living at 45 degrees. i barely survive at 90 and 180 degrees.
where is the zero degree?

by the bye, i love the artful treatment of your photo. the unreal colors go nicely wih the unreal design and shapes.

have fun unpacking your boxes. i don't envy you that.
Ginnie Hart: To be honest, Seraphine, packing or unpacking does not bother me. I actually find it therapeutic...which makes me crazy, I know. HA! Concrete walls that can't be drilled into for hanging pictures is what drives me crazy!

Thank you for your comments, which always make my day...as do your most provocative comics!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2010, 07:33
looks nice and delicate. nice to see how you've gotten your things to decorate!
Ginnie Hart: Delicate might be a goo word for this, Liang. smile A little too delicae for most of us, I think. smile And yes, I'm very happy to have my things now to add to the decorating touch. Thanks.
20 years ago you could have earned much money with your art.
Ginnie Hart: I always knew I was a late bloomer, Rolf. sad Too bad. Sigh.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Jan 2010, 11:37
love your processing, well done!!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Petra.
Me gusta el tratamiento que le has dado a la imagen.

Ginnie Hart: Muchas gracias, Bernardo, como siempre.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 19 Jan 2010, 21:53
I knew I had some drinks over the weekend, but didn't realized I'm still buzzed when I saw this smile

Wow, interesting factoids.

Hope you're taking breaks between unpacking. Oh I hate doing that task smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Sometimes it's fun to go bonkers, Maria! grin I have taken MANY breaks between my unpacking and hanging things on the walls. I actually enjoy it, believe it or not. smile
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Jan 2010, 22:50
Very interesting. Never heard of these before. Love the twiddle too. Makes it look very surreal smile
Ginnie Hart: It was a first for me, too, SAVO. There's nothing new under the sun, as we say! Thanks.
First Ginnie, thanks for sending me a Christmast card on e-mail smile

I've seen pictures of these boxes before, but can't remeber seeing them presented in such a creative way.
Ginnie Hart: You're ever so welcome, Aksel, of course. And thanks for your kind words.
Never heard of them or have seen them. Are these colors enhanced???
Ginnie Hart: Well, I solarized the picture, Heather, in PhotoShop. But if you go to the link in the text, you can see that the cube houses are yellow!
regarding the hanging of pictures on a concrete wall:
You have choices!
3) try licking the back of the picture and immediately sticking it to the wall.
2) if that doesn't work, you might have to redraw the picture yourself, on the concrete, by hand.
1) or leave the door open while you are out taking photographs, and hope some slacker sprays an especially appealing graffiti on it.
Ginnie Hart: I just found this, Sera, and started to LOL. You made my day. We ended up having the housemaster come with his big power drill, and that did the trick. smile

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