Sunday, June 12, 2016

Montreal

The typology of Montreal housing - two to three story brick buildings, wrought iron balconies for small outside space, exterior entry at the first and second floor, Mansard roof, and a very, very steep staircase.  Small front yards and low fence buffer the first floor from the sidewalk.  There are blocks beyond blocks of these buildings, and I see resemblance to the infamous Habitat 67 by Architect Moshe Safdie. The form is different but the ideas overlap - capturing "home" in comfortable private space, separation from the street, connection to neighbors, small outdoor space. The early architecture of Montreal was in response to large groups of people moving to the cities. In the 1960's people left, and the typology was re-imagined. Today's multi-family: How have we kept people in the city and still made our private space our own? Have we found the answer? 



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