Montreal’s Habitat 67 – One of the Most Important Buildings of the 60s

Habitat 67

Habitat 67 is an iconic and world-renowned Montreal landmarkbuilt for Expo 67. It is a beautiful urban habitat that gives residents their own garden on a roof with privacy and direct access in a property that’s mass produced.

This is one of the coolest buildings in the world, and it calls Montreal home.

Cool Facts about Habitat 67 in Montreal:

1) The urban housing project was designed by a 24-year-old McGill University student! The famous architect was Moshe Safdie, who was originally from Israel.

2) Habitat is made up of 354 concrete boxes! Each box is about 600 sq. feet and weighs in at 90 tons.

3) The complex was supposed to be 1000 units, but that obviously didn’t happen. Originally, there were only 158 units.

4) Habitat 67 really is made up of concrete prefab boxes! Every box went through an assembly line for the windows, insulation, modular kitchens and bathrooms installations. There was an on-site prefab factory putting it all together. Then, a crane lifted each box into its position!

5) It took 30 months to complete Habitat 67 from start to finish.

6) The units were rented out at a jaw-dropping rate of $1000 back in 1968! Obviously, only the affluent could live at this “affordable” urban dwelling.

7) The building’s private gardens were all set up with automatic sprinkler systems! Not bad for those days, aside from the fact that they were extremely expensive.

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8) The Federal Government sold Habitat 67 in 1986, which later became private residences.

9) Units listed for sale in 2018 were asking up to $1.5 million.

10) Condo fees at Habitat 67 go between $1200 and $1500 each MONTH!

11) Habitat 67 was declared a heritage site in 2009 by the Quebec government.

12) Safdie intends to donate his own 10th-floor unit that would be open to the public for viewing.