Montreal’s Habitat ’67 is a housing complex that is often called a collection of condo cubes. Habitat ’67 is a model community built along the St. Lawrence River that was created as part of Expo ’67. The complex consists of 354 prefabricated modules, known as “boxes” that are connected together to form 158 residences that range from 660 to 1,700 square feet. Each module contains its own garden and is virtually self-sufficient.
Habitat ’67 and Expo ’67
Originally a pilot project for Expo ’67 by McGill student Moshe Safdie, Habitat ’67 was a very popular attraction during the Expo ’67 titled “Man and his World“. The complex was designed to recreate the variety and diversity of private homes inside the settings of a modern apartment complex. It was believed that this complex would illustrate how people would be living in increasingly crowded cities around the world.
Habitat ’67: A heritage site
Habitat ’67 is one of Montreal’s most recognized buildings. During Expo ’67 it was a thematic pavilion that was visited by thousands of visitors around the world. It was also the temporary residence of many of the dignitaries that took part of Expo ’67. Habitat ’67 was recently classified as a historic monument in 2009 by the Quebec government.