It is an undeniable fact – highlighted in 2004 ‘Content’ by Rem Koolhaas too – that ‘shape is easy’. It is recognisable; works with our subconscious; and in the case of Platonic solids like cubes shape is also a philosophical notion with numerous connotations – starting from symmetry and regularity; stretching as far as our reflections take us. Cubes in particular are also ‘easy’ to build but we believe their importance in architects’ minds stays on the abstract plane. There seems to be a certain inherent relationship between cubes’ geometry and the notions of perfection and clarity of structure. Thus, it is close to the highest honour among buildings to be cube-shaped, conspicuously derivative of cubes, or at least bear a cube name.

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Jakob + MacFarlane: The Orange Cube

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Roland Halbe

70F Architecture: Pet Farm

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Luuk Kramer

MAKE Architects: The Cube

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: MAKE Architects

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson: Apple Store

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Apple Store

Tabanlioglu Architects: Dogan Media Centre

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Thomas Mayer

SANAA: Zollverein School of Management and Design

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Hisao Suzuki

Sou Fujimoto Architects: Wooden House

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Iwan Baan



Tham & Videgård Arkitekter: The Mirror Cube Tree Hotel

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Tham & Videgård Arkitekter

Rintala Eggertsson Architects: Boxhome

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: Sami Rintala

Piet Blom: Cube Houses

Cubes in Modern Architectureimage: mikerogers at panoramio