The Peculiar Globe Housing of Holland

Looking like pods abandoned long ago by their alien pilots

Wacky architectural exploration of the 1980s
At first glance, the buildings of Bolwoningen look like pods abandoned long ago by their alien pilots. In reality, they are just another product of the wacky architectural exploration of the 1980s.

Constructed in 1984, Bolwoningen, or Globe Housing, was built on a large subsidy given to the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch by the Dutch government. It was the brainchild of the experimental architect Dries Kreijkamp. The wacky bauble-like designs were meant to allow the residents to fully take in nature with circular windows surrounding the entire upper floor. Thanks to the close proximity of the other buildings, there was a pretty good view into the neighbor's living quarters as well.

The small structures are only about 18 feet across, but somehow fit two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The bedrooms are on the first floor, with kitchen and bathroom on the second floor. The top floor's living room offers a panoramic view of the outside.

Though today they're more than 30 years old, there are still people living inside these Jetsons-esque buildings.


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