AD Classics: Habitat 67 / Moshe Safdie

Photo by Wladyslaw via Wikimedia Commons

Habitat 67, designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect at the World Exposition of 1967, was originally intended as an experimental solution for high-quality housing in dense urban environments. Safdie explored the possibilities of prefabricated modular units to reduce housing costs and allow for a new housing typology that could integrate the qualities of a suburban home into an urban high-rise.

Reflecting on the project’s significance in “A look back at habitat ’67” Safdie stated that “Habitat ‘67 is really two ideas in one. One is about prefabrication, and the other is about rethinking apartment-building design in the new paradigm.” [1]

More after the break…

Chambord Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montréal, QC,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 1800.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adrien Williams

St-Zotique Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montréal, Quebec,
Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Olivier Lajeunesse-Travers
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Berri Residence / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Montréal, Quebec,
Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Amelie Melaven
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

La Couleuvre / NatureHumaine

© Adrien Williams

Architects: NatureHumaine
Location: Rosemont-Petite-Patrie, Montréal,
Project Team: Stephane Rasselet, Marc-Andre Plasse, Amelie Melaven
Year: 2012
Photographs: Adrien Williams

Inhabitable Sculpture / Jean-Maxime Labrecque

© Frederic Bouchard

Architects: Jean-Maxime Labrecque
Location: Montreal, Quebec,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Frederic Bouchard

BLUE Communication Office / Jean Guy Chabauty + Anne Sophie Goneau

© Stéphane Groleau

Architects: Anne Sophie Goneau, Jean Guy Chabauty
Location: Montreal,
Designers: Jean Guy Chabauty and
Year: 2012
Photographs: Stéphane Groleau

Irène / KANVA

© Jimmy Hamelin

Architects: KANVA
Location: Montreal,
Area: 85,200 sqft
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jimmy Hamelin, Marc Cramer, Courtesy of