Pencil, by Blom

The Dutch structuralist architect Piet Blom has designed in the past this dwelling-tower in the city of Rotterdam. Blom is best known for his ‘cubic’-housing that you can see on the right of the photograph. This building is however not cubic, but is actually 6-sided, just as a pencil. I am not sure whether or not Blom has designed the building to look like a pencil. Everybody in the Netherlands though refers to the building as ‘the pencil.’

The building on the left, the City Library by Van de Broek and Bakema has been inspired by the Pompidou Museum in Paris of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. That building is sometimes referred to as the ‘vacuum-cleaner.’

Piet Blom - Apartment Tower, Rotterdam 

Pencil 


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