jueves, 27 de marzo de 2014


Montreal, Canada 1967

This project demonstrates that a single primitive shape can be strategically accumulated and organized to create a dynamic set of unique private spaces while simultaneously allowing for circulation and social public spaces.

Habitat 67 is formed using approximately 20x40x10 ft concrete rectilinear volumes, which are oriented and connected in specific ways to create varied apartments. At the time of construction, these boxes were an experiment and ultimately a breakthrough in prefabricated concrete. For this reason, all the boxes were uniformly mass produced, creating the challenge of designing unique spaces with a single form. Safde took on the further challenge of giving each apartment a mini-paradise feeling through terraces and outdoor access. The arrangements of the boxes was key to the realization of this goal because they directed the circulation of each apartment. The organization of the blocks creates circulation and private exterior spaces in a densely urban context.
The modules are not only connected through stacking a direct adjascent contact, they are also connected through an inner frame of walkways, elevators, and stairs. This frame makes it possible for residents to access their apartment and circulate thorughout the complex. This scheme also allows for large social terrace spaces between clumps of private spaces.

The views of the landscape are important as well. Habitat 67 is located on a small peninsula and the structure engages most of the peninsula’s area. Not surprisingly, there are beautiful views on all sides of the complex. The terracing organization of the concrete units takes advantage of these views for private and social spaces.


2 comentarios:

  1. This is one of the milestones of the industrialised architecture. The first attempts of room modules were made in concrete. Nowadays, this technique is quite rare because of the heaviness of the modules which means more dificulties in transport and elevation. Very good documented!

  2. This blog claims to be a didactic work-space. Perhaps then the creators of the images should be properly credited/referenced. Lets not forget that not taking the time to do so is plagiarism. And normally, when you use someone's image - you provide a link to their site if they have one. Here, I'll help out so that you can give this student her justified credit for her images and her text: http://www.emilyjudson.com/case-study-habitat-67/