Habitat 67 has finally been completed according to the original design, but in a digital version

Using Unreal Engine, Neoscape and Safdie Architects have released a virtual version of Montreal’s iconic brutalist building that recreates the architect's original vision for it.

Neoscape and Safdie Architects have released “Hillside Sample Project”, the virtual version of the famous brutalist residential complex Habitat 67, designed by Moshe Safdie in 1967 for the Expo 67, held in Montreal, Québec (Canada).

The project had to combine the advantages of the suburbs, such as urban greenery, with the density and low prices of apartment buildings. But something went wrong, and although the project launched Safdie’s career, only a more contained version was produced for the fair.

To create their virtual version Neoscape and Safdie Architects used Unreal Engine, and in addition to the iconic pyramid-shaped modular structure, you can also see the detailed interiors, lush plants along the walkways and the landscape of Montreal. Now you can either watch a video of the model or navigate a 3D space, using Google Chrome or a dedicated app. You can also have Safdie in person as a guide through the project.

Currently, residential units available in real Habitat 67 are sold for more than $1 million.

Opening image: courtesy  Neoscape e Safdie Architects

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