This insane Montreal apartment complex looks like our last acid trip

This insane Montreal apartment complex looks like our last acid trip

ArtJune 20, 2014

Canadian architect Moshe Safdie designed and built this insane experimental housing complex for  the1967 World Expo in Montreal. Named Habitat 67, it's made of modular concrete units stacked on top of each other to create what looks like a pixelated acid trip that you can live in.

Tthe apartment complex was Safdie’s attempt to redesign urban living, provide affordable housing and create a community complete with shops and a school. IIt's unknown whether it was also his goal to make people think they were living in some sort of Star Wars-esque dream sequence. Each has its own rooftop garden space located on the roof of the neighbor below.

So why the blocks and the crazy-ass stacking? Safdie was dissatisfied with suburbia and visualized a new type of urban dwelling that would house a lot of people and yet still provide them with privacy ... except from our prying eyes as we gawk at it, salivating oddly.

In order to make the complex affordable, Safdie devised a plan for on-site mass production of the concrete blocks. Safdie felt that prefab construction was much more efficient, so he created a factory on the peninsula to construct the housing units. He was just blazing his own trail, man.

Unfortunately Habitat 67 wasn't actually all that cheap, costing $22,195,920, or about $140,000 per home.  Also, at the time, people didnn't go as gaga for Safdie's pixelated masterpiece as we are now, because it was located too far from the center of Montreal. In other news, Rooster will be moving to the non-center of Montreal.