HABITAT 67 – The housing complex in Montreal

HABITAT 67 – The housing complex in Montreal

Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was originally conceived as his master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World’s Fair held from April to October 1967. It is located at 2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy on the Marc-Drouin Quay next to the Saint Lawrence River. Habitat 67 is widely considered an architectural landmark and one of the most recognizable buildings in both Montreal and Canada.

HABITAT 67 construction / Image: Moshe Safdie Archive, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill University, via habitat67.com

Habitat 67 comprises 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations, reaching up to 12 stories in height. Together these units create 146 residences of varying sizes and configurations, each formed from one to eight linked concrete units.

The development was designed to integrate the benefits of suburban homes—namely gardens, fresh air, privacy, and multilevelled environments. Lego bricks used in the initial planning for Habitat; according to Safdie’s firm, “initial models of the project were built using Lego bricks and subsequent iterations were also built with Lego bricks”.

HABITAT 67 / Image: habitat67.com

Featured Image: HABITAT 67 model community and housing complex / Image: building.ca

Websites: habitat67.com



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