Habitat 67, Montreal, Quebec
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THE HABITAT 67
Hi, I am David.
Let's design a building that gives the qualities of a house to each unit. Habitat would be all about gardens, contact with nature, streets instead of corridors. They prefabricate it so they would achieve the economy, and there, it is almost 50 years later. It's a very desirable place to live in. It's now a heritage building but it didn't proliferate. There are a lot of issues, low rise environment, and with it comes congestion, and they lose mobility, and so on and so forth. So a few years ago, they decide to go back and rethink Habitat.
"Could we make it more affordable? Could we actually achieve this quality of life in densities that are prevailing today ?" And we realized, it's basically about light, it's about the sun, it's about nature, it's about fractalization can we open up the surface of the building so that it has more contact with the exterior? They came up with a number of models: economy models, cheaper to build and more compact: membranes of housing where people could design their own house and create their own gardens.
That's why I would like to redesign Habitat 67 in a small part with 500 Lego pieces to emphasize its importance for architecture and our life.
Habitat 67, or simply Habitat, is a model community and housing complex in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, designed by Moshe Safdie- Canadian architect. It was built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World's Fair held from April to October 1967.
Habitat 67 is widely considered an architectural landmark and one of the most recognizable and spectacular buildings in both Montreal and Canada.
Comprising a three-dimensional landscape of 354 stacked concrete "boxes", Habitat 67 pioneered the combination of two major housing typologies – the urban garden residence and the modular high-rise apartment building.
Safdie was awarded the project in spite of his relative youth and inexperience, an opportunity he later described as "a fairy tale, an amazing fairy tale." I think Habitat was important at its time because it had changed the architectural styles of an apartment building.
h (height) = 3.2 inches/ 81.28mm
l (length) = 5.5 inches/ 139.7mm
w(width) =4.2 inches/ 106.68mm
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