Located in Montreal, Habitat ’67 was conceived as master’s thesis project by Moshe Safdie. He wanted to re-imagine high density apartment living and experiment with prefabricated elements. The project was ultimately realized in collaboration with engineer August E. Komendant for Expo 67. Today, the project still stands as a relevant, innovative use of prefabricated elements to create a high density community. Safdie utilized prefabricated structural pieces to create 16 different apartment layouts which range from 600 square foot one bedroom units to 1800 square foot four bedroom units. The seemingly random arrangement was carefully designed to incorporate a roof garden for every dwelling and to evenly distribute structural loads. The composition also creates “pedestrian walkways” which provide access to the individual units and act as open air communal spaces for residents. Habitat ’67 remains a popular place of residence for Montreal residents and was granted Historic Monument Status in March of 2009 by the Quebec government.
See the rest of Habitat 67 after the jump.
Source: Travel with Frank Gehry