Habitat 67

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Title

Habitat 67

Agent

Moshe Safdie (Canadian architect, born 1938)

Location

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
-28.043623

Date

1967 (creation)
20th century

Style Period

Brutalist
Modernist

Cultural Context

Canadian

Worktype

buildings
dwellings
multiple dwellings
apartment houses
buildings
exhibition buildings
complexes
housing projects

Material

concrete
glass

Technique

construction

Subject

Architecture and City Planning

Description

Safdie's first architectural success was Habitat '67, built for Expo '67 in Montreal. Although Habitat cannot be considered a pioneering work of industrialized reinforced concrete building, Safdie's contribution to this architectural method was to give new dimensions to living spaces by using interlocking units that contained their own support system. By eliminating the need for exterior skeletal support, he created an economically viable way to construct individualized homes that could adapt to any environment or individual, yet only require one basic unit of construction. Using a single box construction, Safdie created 158 homes in 15 different styles from 351 modular construction units. The result was a visually dramatic three-dimensional communal space (living units, lift shafts, streets, recreational space) where all the units participate in carrying the structural load.

Rights

© Saif Haq
Users must request permission from the copyright holder for all use in publications, including theses and dissertations.

ID

Haq1182

Source

Saif Haq

Collection

Citation

Safdie, Moshe, Habitat 67, 1967 (creation), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, TTU Arch Design Images. Image Source: Saif Haq. https://archimage.lib.ttu.edu/items/show/19107.

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