Photography by Matthias Heiderich
Habitat 67 attempted to integrate the benefits of suburban homes (gardens, fresh air, privacy, and multilevelled environments) with the economics and density of a modern urban apartment building.
It comprised 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various combinations. It features interlocking forms, connected walkways and landscaped terraces - key in achieving Safdie's goal of a private and natural environment within the limits of a dense urban space.
Unfortunately, even using prefab units couldn't keep the cost per unit low enough for the concept to be a success. What an amazing attempt however!
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