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Habitat '67
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Habitat '67

Architect Moshe Safdie
Location Montreal, Canada
Year 1967
Type Residential

  • 158 units; 354 prefabricated concrete boxes stacked in a staggered pattern
    • 15 models varying between 1 and 8 cubes
    • Views on 3 sides
    • Each unit has a garden located atop the roof of the unit below.
    • Areas from 624 to 5000 square feet, displayed over 1,2,3 or 4 floors
    • Private terraces from 225 to 1000 square feet
    • 6 elevators
    • Sidewalks at various levels giving access to residences
    • Central heating and air conditioning
    • Emphasis on soundproofing
  • A Modern version of an Italian hill town with an emphasis on "privacy, fresh air, sunlight and suburban amenities in an urban location"
  • Modular construction - Prefabricated concrete units hoisted into place by crane
  • Built on a peninsula in front of the Old Port of Montreal
  • Moshe Safdie, then a 25-year-old graduate student, designed the building for his masters thesis at McGill University. Titled "A Case for City Living, A Study of Three Urban High Density Housing Systems for Community Development" his intent was to offer a "fragment of paradise to everyone"
  • Built for the worlds' fair in 1967
  • Construction costs proved to be prohibitive. Safdie was commissioned to design several more habitats but all were scrapped in the design or early construction phases due to cost feasibility issues (Habitat New York '67, Habitat Puerto Rico '68, Habitat Israel '69, Habitat Rochester '71, Habitat Tehran '76)




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