Habitat 67 is an unusual looking residential complex located on the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, Canada. The project was initially a pavilion housing one of the world’s largest exhibitions, Expo 67 held in 1967 and considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century. Habitat 67 was designed by Moshe Safdie and, as it was written on the official site, soon became the “place to be for some 148 singles, couples and families which have made it their main residence, but as well a real community with a quality of life envied throughout Canada”.
The architectural concept behind the residential complex was the cube and here is why: “in its material sense, the cube is a symbol of stability. As for its mystic meaning, the cube is symbol of wisdom, truth, moral perfection, at the origin itself of our civilization. ” The impressive project features gigantic and futuristic interiors, plazas, elevator pillars, pedestrian passes and suspended terraces. Quite daring and modern for a 60’s architecture plan, don’t you think?