Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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Habitat, Expo 67

Moshe Safdie, Architect

Montreal, Quebec


About the building:

Habitat 67, an experiment in apartment living, became the permanent symbol of Expo 67 after it closed. It was Canadian architect Moshe Safdie's experiment to make a fundamentally better and cheaper housing for the masses. He attempted to make a revolution in the way homes were built - by the industrialization of the building process; essentially factory mass production. He felt that it was more efficient to make buildings in factories and deliver them prefabricated to the site.

link to a short research paper on Habitat http://naid.sppsr.ucla.edu/expo67/map-docs/habitat67.htm

and a link to an amazing website devoted to Habitat 67 http://cac.mcgill.ca/safdie/

the link to the plans and drawings for the project http://cac.mcgill.ca/safdie/habitat/showplans.htm

and a link to a reprint article about Habitat by an architect who lived there at the time http://expo67.ncf.ca/expo_67_news_p33.html

the root site for that article that looks at ALL of the buildings and pavilions of Expo 67 http://expo67.ncf.ca

Overall massing of Habitat -- stacked precast concrete boxes.
The upper level walkways are partially enclosed to protect from snow and inclement weather.

View down from walkway onto a private terrace.
View down from one terrace to another unit's terrace.

View from an upper level to the main entrance and drop off point.
View down from an upper level to the central car corridor and pedestrian bridges that cross over.
The exposed concrete character of the interior spaces.
Views from the interior to various terraces of the units.
Looking out from the interior accessway towards the river and Montreal downtown beyond.
View out to the river beyond.
Privatization of the character of the front entry to a unit.
Access to unit entry by dedicated stair or at the terrace level.

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last updated January 19, 2007