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Thats a cool looking one :)

We have quite a few similar looking buildings in Singapore...actually, one of them is also called Habitat and was directly inspired by the Montreal one!
 

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I don't particularly like the location of Habitat 67. It's in the middle of nowhere. Although it's by the river, it's a long walk to downtown and the the journey to the Metro stop is not walkable in the winter. On the plus side, at least the casino is nearby.
 

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Taller said:
^^ I agree with that statement today, but when it was new it was exciting. I don't
think it has stood the test of time very well, though.
functionally or aestheticaly, its falling apart

ironic that when it was built it was envisioned as a solution to the affordable housing problem, and now its been turned into expensive apartments...sign of the times?
 

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One of the biggest problems is that it is a triumph of form over function. All these little boxes are completely exposed to the subzero cold in the winter; especially the ones with the exposed bottoms. In a climate like Montréal's it makes absolutely no sense. The floors are freezingly cold on the interior. .
 

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Some examples based on this concept of boxes by Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat. Also called "maison gradin jardin" (step garden house). It's not as brutal as Habitat 67. ;)




Creteil, 1970 (near Paris):


Marne la Vallee, 1972 (near Paris):


Evry, 1971-1976 (near Paris):






Fontenay sous Bois, 1975 (near Paris):



Talence, 1976 (near Bordeaux):


Meylan, 1977 (near Grenoble):



Tour Totem, 1978 in Paris:



In France in 1975, 5 000 of these flats had been built.
 
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