Cube Houses  翻轉吧!魔幻立體方塊屋


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Cube Houses  翻轉吧!魔幻立體方塊屋

  In Rotterdam, a city in southern Holland, there are 38 of the most unusual and coolest homes ever built. Called cube houses, they are exactly what the name suggests. So why are they unusual? After all, Taiwan and many other parts of the world have thousands of homes in the shape of cubes. Rotterdam’s cube houses are unique because they are tilted1 on a 45-degree angle and placed on top of a hexagonal2-shaped pylon3.
  Each of the individual houses has been designed to look like a tree. In addition, because the 38 tree-shaped houses are joined together, they look like a large, futuristic forest even though they are painted yellow and were designed in the 1970s.
  These four-story homes all have 100-square-meters of living space. The ground floor is the entrance, the first floor has a living room and kitchen, and the second floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom. The top floor has many windows and is sometimes used as a garden. The cube houses are privately owned, but attract thousands of tourists each month. With this in mind, one cube house is used for visitors who want to photograph and look around inside.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

  在荷蘭南方的城市鹿特丹,有三十八棟史上最奇特酷炫的屋子。那些屋子被叫作『立體方塊屋』,它們的外觀長得就和它們的名字所暗示的一樣。那麼它們到底奇特在哪裡呢?畢竟,台灣和世上其他許多地方也有很多立體方塊形狀的屋子。鹿特丹的立體方塊屋之所以獨特在於它們傾斜四十五度角,並位於六角形的橋塔上。
  每棟獨立的屋子被設計成看起來像棵樹。此外,由於三十八棟樹狀的屋子連在一起,它們看起來像是座巨型前衛的森林,雖然它們早在七○年代就被漆成黃色設計而成。
  這些四層樓高的屋子一共有一百平方公尺的居住空間。屋子的一樓是入口,接著二樓有客廳和廚房,三樓有兩間臥室和一間浴室(編按:在西方國家,特別是歐洲,他們稱『一樓』叫做 ground floor,而 first floor 則變成了我們東方人口中的『二樓』)。最頂樓有許多的窗戶,有時被用來當作花園。立體方塊屋為私人所有,但每個月都吸引大批的觀光客。因此,有一棟立體方塊屋提供給遊客拍照和參觀裡面。

 
  1. cube n. 立方體;方塊物
    The mouse ate three cubes of cheese today.
    這隻老鼠今天吃了三塊起司。
  2. unusual a. 不尋常的;非凡的
    It is very unusual to have snow here in July.
    此地在七月下雪是件怪事。
  3. degree n. 度;程度
    by degrees  漸漸地
    Under Mr. Wang’s guidance, my English has improved by degrees.
    在王老師的指導下,我的英文漸漸有進步。
  4. angle n. 角度
    You’ll agree with me if you look at this issue from a different angle.
    你若從不同的角度來看這個議題,就會同意我的看法。
  5. N-shaped a. ……形狀的
    heart-shaped a. 心形的
    I made a heart-shaped cake for my boyfriend.
    我為我男友做了一個心型蛋糕。
  6. story n. 樓層;故事
    Maria lives inside a 10-story building.
    瑪麗亞住在一棟十層樓高的大樓裡。
  7. entrance n. 入口;進入(與介詞 to 並用)
    There is only one entrance to this building.
    這座大樓只有一個入口。
  8. with…in mind  有鑑於/考慮到……
    With his weekend plans in mind, David decided not to work overtime on Friday.
    考慮到週末的計劃,大衛決定星期五不加班。
  1. tilt vi. 傾斜
  2. hexagonal a. 六角形的
  3. pylon n. 橋塔


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