Montreal may not come to mind…

…when thinking of architecturally adventurous cities.  That, however, would be a mistake.  Although it does not possess iconic showstoppers, like New York’s Chrysler or Empire State buildings, or San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, it has numerous gems tucked into her city environs, some of which are the very definition of understated elegance, i.e., Palais des Congrès.

Then there are those which are as blunt and forceful as a hockey player’s stick.

Take, for example, Habitat 67.  Designed by Israeli–Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, who brings a Middle Eastern design aesthetic to the challenge of a housing community, Habitat is the last building one expects to find near Montreal’s Saint Lawrence River.  And therein likes its timeless brilliance.

Habitat 67-02
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