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The Rubik's Cube in Architecture

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The Rubik’s Cube in Architecture

Ever since the Rubik’s Cube became popular in the early 1980s, it has been well-represented in architectural projects. Commercial buildings, residential projects, art galleries, and even warehouses have been built inspired by the Rubik’s Cube. There are many reasons for its popularity among architects, as we will soon learn.

Rubik’s cube and contemporary architecture

Contemporary architecture is marked by quirky design principles, minimalism, and functionality. The Rubik’s Cube’s simple geometrical form belies its function as a complex puzzle. In other words, its minimalist form and aesthetics mirror contemporary architectural ideas. As a result, modern architects have consistently found inspiration in the Rubik’s Cube. Coincidentally, it was invented by Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture.

Reasons for Rubik’s Cube’s popularity in architectural projects

  • Minimalist aesthetics and a focus on functionality
  • Mass appeal and an enduring pop-culture symbol
  • Visually attractive due to the use of primary colors
  • Cube-like buildings save space and are perfect for urban settings
  • Popular design among science museums and galleries

In this article, we list eight of the best architectural projects where the Rubik’s Cube is represented.

1. The Scotia Bank Theatre – Canada

The Scotia Bank Theatre is a popular building in Toronto, Canada. This outstanding edifice is known for its 4×4 Rubik’s Cube that sits on its front parapet. Unfortunately, this building may soon be demolished to make way for a newer structure.

bank theatre shaped as cube

2. Rubik’s Cube-inspired Building – South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world, where architects often vie to create space-saving but beautiful urban buildings. Choi Jeong-Hwa recently designed a Rubik’s Cube-inspired building in Seoul, with ample elbow room for its residents. The building is covered by multiple doors in different colors, which vaguely resembles the beloved twisty puzzle.

100 storage building with old doors in shape of cube

3. Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery – Australia

The Children’s Gallery in Melbourne, Australia, looks strikingly similar to the Rubik’s Cube. It has a number of STEM-related attractions for toddlers and young children. According to the gallery’s management, both children and adults can learn together in an environment that is colorful, pleasant, and stimulating.

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4. 2X2 Cube-inspired Building – Italy

Milan, Italy, is internationally known for its beautiful medieval architecture. However, it is also a site for discovering stunning examples of contemporary architecture, such as the 2×2 cube-inspired building. Although not much is known about this building, Gizmodo reported that it is inspired by the Pocket Cube (2×2 cube). The cubes double up as colorful balconies for the residents of the building.

italy cube balcony

5. Stuttgart City Library – Germany

Yi Architects designed and developed the Stuttgart City Library, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the Rubik’s Cube. To create a cube-like structure, the architects used multiple 9×9 frosted glass bricks and several unique structures. This building is an architectural marvel that attracts tourists from all over the world.

Rubik's Cube Shaped Building - Rubik's Cube in Architecture

6. Discovery Cube Orange County – USA

The Discovery Cube Orange County is located in Santa Ana, California. Formerly known as the Discovery Science Centre, it houses more than a hundred science-related exhibits for children. The structure is a visual landmark thanks to the solar array cube that towers over 10 stories. It is a great place to introduce children to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) toys.

cube shaped discovery science musuem - Rubik's Cube in Architecture

7. Storagebase Wearhouse – United Kingdom

Storagebase’s warehouse in Wednesbury, West Midlands, is modelled after the Rubiks cube. This seven-story warehouse was built at a cost of £5 million and is a local attraction of sorts. It has helped bring tourists to the area, many of whom are captivated by the warehouse’s quirky and outlandish design.

cube shaped storage design

8. The Rubik’s Cube Museum – Hungary

The Rubiks Cube was invented in Hungary, and it only makes sense to build a museum dedicated to the cube in its capital, Budapest. The Rubik’s Cube Museum was first announced in 2012, and its construction was expected to start in 2014. However, this building has still not been completed, and it remains to be seen if it will ever be.

rubik's cube shaped musuem - Rubik's Cube in Architecture

The Rubik’s Cube continues to inspire architects

The Rubiks cube is visually attractive and has a geometrical shape and form that has intrigued artists and architects alike. As a result, it has inspired a number of architects to build interesting buildings around the world. Most importantly, the Rubik’s Cube’s form and design align with the ideals of contemporary architecture. Consequently, its popularity among architects never seems to wane.

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