Moshe Safdie

Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie
Habitat 67 by Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie is an Israeli-born architect and student of prize winning architect Louis Kahn. Safdie follows Kahn’s designs styles that emphasize locality and culture and stress the need to create meaningful spaces that can enhance the community of which it was built.

Safdie’s buildings are more unique from other architects. They are constructed by a variety of geometric patterns that cause one to sit up and take notice.

Some of his more famous works include Habitat 67. A complex of 146 residences that were built during Expo 67 in Montreal. They used prefabricated concrete blocks that were connected in a non conventional style. Habitat 67 is meant to represent an urban environment but also with a country atmosphere in mind and were very successful in demand. So much, that Safdie miscalculated his prediction that these units would be affordable; however, demand was much more than supply and the apartments skyrocketed.

Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is a luxury casino hotel that encompasses three 57 story buildings, connected via a roof ‘park’, called Sky Park and includes a swimming pool that stretches the length from the first building to the third building. In this complex, Safdie used circular and semi-circular designs.

Marking a distinctive reflection of Safdie’s geometric designs is the 68 story Colombo Residential Development project, also called the Altair Project in Sir Lanka. It is a sophisticated complex of two towers with one leaning towards the other and with some apartments protruding out, similar, but not as vivid as Habitat 67.
Safdie has designed hundreds of structures across the world. You can visit his portfolio here.

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