Rubiks Cube Design - Ernö Rubik

Design History: The Rubiks Cube (1974) by Ernö Rubik

The Rubiks Cube, known as the Magic Cube in Germany, is now over 40 years old and known all over the world. It was invented in 1974 by the Hungarian civil engineer and architect Ernö Rubik. But what did he want to achieve with it?

For most people it's not about seconds, but about days, weeks or months when it comes to solving Rubik's magic cube. The inventor of the same name didn't actually want to trigger a hype, but to design a tool that would help us understand three-dimensional geometry and train spatial thinking skills. The result is a cube consisting of 54 small blocks in six different colours.

“When I finished the cube and showed it to my students, I realized how difficult it was to stop”, says Ernö Rubik.

The design of the Rubiks Cube inspires architects and designers

If you first randomly twist the individual blocks of the Rubik's Cube, the goal is to restore the original constellation. But the success of the magic cube is not only due to the fun of playing, but above all to its minimalism and its function. The individual surfaces of the cube have to be turned in a very specific way, so that at the end each surface consists of blocks of the same color.

This symmetry has already inspired many architects and designers. One of them, for example, is the Korean architect Eun Young, whose building reminds the Stuttgart City Library of the Magic Cube. The New York Museum of Modern Art has also included the Rubik Cube with other Bauhaus classics in its collection of historical designs. 

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