Habitat 67, Awesome Housing Complex in Montreal
Habitat 67 is a housing complex and landmark located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This architecture design was the brainchild of Moshe Safdie, in which it was based on his master degree's thesis when he was pursuing his master degree in McGill Universtiy. Habitat 67 was also built as part of the famous 1967 International and Universal Exposition or better known as Expo 67.
Expo 67 was also nicknamed as "Man and his World", in which housing element was made one of the main expo themes. Due to the unique design of this building, Habitat 67 was made a thematic pavilion and it has also attracted thousands of visitors from around the world. During the expo, Habitat 67 was also made as the temporary residence for the many dignitaries and foreign representatives coming to Montreal.
This building was developed using three dimensional prefabricated modules in order to house a total of 158 units of houses. All the units are connected by high tension bars and welds, which all combined to create a continuous suspension system. The main objective of the design was to integrate the variety and diversity of scattered private homes with the economics and density of a modern apartment building.
Beside that, Habitat 67 was also believed to illustrate the new lifestyle of how people will live in due to the increasing of population in crowded cities around the world.
As of today, the building is completely owned by its tenants, where they established a limited partnership that bought it from Canada Mortage and Housing Corportion in 1985.
ARCHITECTURE: Habitat'67 in Montreal
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