In 1972 Piet Blom received an assignment of the city council of Helmond to design a meeting centre. Blom explored Helmond and its surroundings for inspiration. The trees in the scenic area de Peel reminded him of the pillars of the Alhambra. The trees and pillars of the mosque inspired him to a most unusual idea: the design of a forest of tree habitats, cubes placed sideways, around the meeting centre.All habitats received a hexagon pillar on which rested a cap sided cube. Blom called the first floor 'the street house', the second floor 'the heaven house' and the third floor 'the tabernacle'. Blom: "For each moment of the day and every state of mind there is a different floor to ease one's mind". In 1977 theatre 't Speelhuis was completed. The building was composed of 34 cubes pushed into one another, the largest cube being the theatre, offering place to 400 to 700 people. Unfortunately the theatre burnt down in December 2011.