Habitat 67, a housing complex in Montreal, Canada, was designed by Moshe Safdie. It began life as his master’s thesis project but was then built as the Canadian pavilion for Expo 67. He intended to „reinvent the apartment building“ which seeks to reconcile quality of life in dense urban environments.
The project was an experimental solution for a new housing typology that could integrate the benefits of a suburban garden home and the economical high-rise apartment building.
The building consists of prefabricated modular units stacked one on another to form 148 residencies. It resembles a gigantic sculpture of futuristic interiors, pedestrian streets and suspended terraces, aerial spaces, large esplanades and monumental elevator pillars. Safdie attempts to balance cold geometry against living, breathing nature. It was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world.
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