The Cubic Houses aim to balance the client's wish for a large amount of square meters with the envisioned character of urban life in the new neigbourhood development. The result is a design that breaks down the building volume into several individual ‘cubes’ - stacked on top of each other. The configuration of cubes reflects the rhythm of a human scale and works against stretches of street with no human activity. The design adapts to the overall scale of the neighbourhood and aims at a varied and lively atmosphere along the central canal. In its basic concept, Cubic Houses is a regular building slap with spacious and simple apartment layouts. Maintaining the vertical stairways, the eight brick cubes shift in relation to each other, both at the ground floor and higher up. The shifting of volumes breaks eventual turbulence and adapts the building to local microclimatic conditions. In addition, breaking down the scale leaves an impression of a varied and detailed complex as opposed to a massive block.