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Habitat 67

Montreal, Canada, Habitat 67, Side view

Habitat '67 is a block neighborhood designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and was the flagship of the 1967 World Fair in Montreal. This fabulous 'living landscape' is still one of the most striking performances of utopian housing and is related to subsequent capsule construction.

Safdie designed Habitat '67 from his graduation project A Three-Dimensional Modular Building System and the accompanying report A Case for City Living .The design principles of this fits into the idea of structuralism . The building was realized as the main pavilion and emblem of the 1967 World Fair in Montreal. Safdies ideas about living and locks seamlessly with the architectural theme of the event is Man and His World.

The prominent complex accommodates 158 houses, divided into fifteen different types, ranging from two bedroom apartments of 55 square feet to five bedroom apartments of 165 square meters, consisting of three-dimensional prefabricated units. The roof of each unit serves as the garden of the parent unit.

Habitat '67 is a housing with a Janus face, a head with two faces. The front looks like an organically grown mountain village, while the back shows on unflattering way the bare structure. The skeleton of Habitat '67 consists of three hill-shaped hollow systems, in which a sophisticated disorder prefabricated volumes are stacked. The hollow back is seen except the frames, the elevator shafts in each "hill" provide a vertical opening and the increased internal streets (two per hill), which link houses on the horizontal way. The prefabricated units are linked by cables , and welding rods. All elements are carrying, including the properties, streets and inside the elevator shafts.