Architecture buffs visiting Montreal are sure to head to see Habitat 67 in the flesh. I’d live in one of its 148 apartments in a heartbeat. What a fabulous complex in a wonderful location. I’d live there in a heartbeat. (Oh, I said that already – two heartbeats then).
The building was designed by Moshe Safdie when he was only 23 years old. That was in the 1960s and yet the place looks as intriguing and fresh as it did then and was a feature of the famous Expo 67, the country’s 1967 World Fair.
There are 146 apartments in the complex and each one has access to at least one open-air terrace from which to enjoy the amazing views over the water. The building is made up of prefabricated blocks and Safdie intended them to be an answer to the problem of urban overcrowding – even more of a relevant question today.
If you’re intrigued by architecture then you can’t go to Montreal without seeing this building and luckily, guided tours are available. (Of course, you’ll not be able to enter private residences.) Do see this link, however.
Designer Byron Peart says that he has wanted to live in Habitat 67 ‘forever’ (me too) and was eventually able to buy an apartment there that had already been completely gutted. This meant that she could refit the place to his exact requirements – it’s gorgeous.
WHERE IS HABITAT 67?
2600 Av Pierre-Dupuy,
QC H3C 3R6,
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