The Hungarian Cube (Magyar kocka) or Kádár-kocka (Kadar Cube) is named after János Kádár, the Communist leader of Hungary between 1956 and 1988. It's a standardized type of residential house built in Hungary after WWII. There are still tens of thousands of them left, and people have personalized them in gorgeous ways.

Hungarian cubes usually have a floor area of 872 sq ft (81 sqm, 9x9 m) or 1076 sq ft (100 sqm, 10x10 m). Ornamental or geometric decorations on facades were the only way to customize them. Some of the finest examples were photographed by Katharina Roters, and published in her book Hungarian Cubes, which will be published on July 15 in the United States, but available from European online booksellers.

Here are some of the finest examples of Kádár Cubes and countryside longhouses in Hungary.

Székelyszabar

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Boldogasszonyfa

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Pannonhalma

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Kiskassa

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Marócsa

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Kaposvár

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Ácsteszér

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Somlószőlős

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Cégénydanyád

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Sajólád

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

Other villages

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

These Hungarian Cube Houses Are Mind Blowing

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The photos are from Zeit, Majestic Plumage and getaddictedto.