Beautiful Brutalism: Habitat 67

Some see Habitat 67 like an ant hill, and others see a resemblance to a Taos indian pueblo village. At a distance the complex looks like an exciting piece of Cubist sculpture, at close up it’s flat concrete-gray exterior seems a bit dull. As an experiment in apartment living, Habitat 67 became the permanent symbol of Expo 67 after it closed. It was Canadian architect Moshe Safdie’s experiment to make a fundamentally better and cheaper housing for the masses. He attempted to make a revolution in the way homes were built – by the industrialization of the building process; essentially factory mass production. He felt that it was more efficient to make buildings in factories and deliver them prefabricated to the site.

By: Ghost
18.03.2015