Moshe Safdie is an Israeli/Canadian/American architect and urban designer. Born in Haifa, Safdie moved to Montreal with his family as a teenager, studied architecture at McGill University and received his master degree there. In the early 1960's, based on his master's thesis, the city commissioned him to build Habitat 67 for the Montreal World Expo 67 - a project that would earn him worldwide recognition.
Apart from Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie is the architect of the new (main) pavilion of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Ottawa City Hall, Toronto Ballet Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art in Stuttgart, Museum of Industrial Design, Architecture and Contemporary Art in Munich and other landmark buildings around the world.
- Habitat 67
- 2600 Avenue Pierre-Dupuy
Commissioned by the city for World Expo 67, this groundbreaking housing complex by then very young architect Moshe Safdie elicits contractictory emotions from Montreal visitors and residents alike. Some praise its unique concept, valuing privacy, access to the city center, versatile apartment shapes providing multiple exposures and a patch of green space ("everybody gets a rooftop garden!"), street-like configuration of its hallways and amazing views afforded by its location. Others criticise the stern fortress-like look and point out that the project essentially failed as a stand-alone housing community (because of the unexpectedly high cost of engineering, the complex was only partially built). One thing is certain, nobody is indifferent.
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
- 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Founded in 1860, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal) shows the work of Canadian and international artists. It is Montreal's largest museum.