When Moshe Safdie completed Habitat 67, his famed brutalist apartment complex in Montreal, it included a special unit for himself, appropriately known as “Moshe Safdie’s Unit.” For the last couple of years, the two-story apartment that occupies the 10th floor of the building was closed for renovations due to wear and tear from Montreal’s notoriously harsh winters.
Two years on, the renovations are now complete, and the centerpiece of the brutalist masterpiece will be open for tours. Safdie Architects oversaw the upgrades, which included a restoration of the interior to its 1960s state.
Walls were painted, pale wood floors restored, and the bathroom and kitchen were given a facelift that’s faithful to the architect’s original minimalist specifications. The facade of the entire building was also improved—the concrete was stripped so the building could be waterproofed and insulated to protect from water damage.
Safdie’s unit is one of 146 units, though we have to believe it was the ultimate distillation of the architect’s vision of creating a building where residents could carve out privacy while still feeling connected to the larger community.