Honestly, I have never seen an architecture that is more jaw-dropping than this. Habitat 67, a residential complex located on the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal, Canada, is simply breathtaking and wonderful. Originally a pavilion housing one of the world’s largest exhibitions, it was designed by Moshe Safidie in the 60s. It looks like a sprawling pile of cubes not unlike an abstract Lego building built by a little kid. But of course, this complex residential complex is far greater in size, thoughtfulness, and creativity than a mere child’s play.
The vast waterscape of the river on which it stands makes Habitat 67 looks even more magnificent. The brown exterior paint, combined with its unusual yet creative shape, makes it seem like a clay building built by a very advanced alien race.Basically, the complex is comprised of cubes that are fitted together irregularly. Some of the cubes look like they are suspended in the air, balanced dangerously at the edge of another cube. For a while I feared that they might topple over and the whole building would come crashing down, but that is what makes the architecture very interesting and exciting (and of course it will not collapse, it is solid and sturdy).
It might be a little bit difficult to navigate this residential complex due to its gigantic size. The complex is roughly divided into three parts (or three piles of cubes, if you like) that are connected together. The random arrangement of the cube might make the complex seem convoluted and disorderly, but that certainly doesn’t hurt the aesthetic. The cubes are often connected by walkways or bridges covered by transparent shelters, so you don’t have to worry about going across the expansive complex in rainy days.
There are rooftop terraces on top of the buildings. Almost each cube has one. These terraces certainly make a delightful place for relaxation. With a big umbrella as shelter and a round wooden table with several chairs around it, you can comfortably enjoy the amazing view of the river, the impressive bridge spanning it, and the city skyline on the horizon. Habitat 67 surely doesn’t only look nice, it also gives you a nice view, and an excellent living space in one of the world’s most spectacular residential complexes.