This will be way better than Habitat '67 in terms of location and connectivity. I was in Montreal recently and walked by Habitat '67. It's at least 30 minutes walk through desolate port and industrial areas and barren fields before you get to shops and restaurants. I don't even know if there are buses on that street (didn't see a single one pass by when I was walking). The Habitat '67 grounds are strictly off limits to anyone other than residents and their guests (there are signs telling you so), so I don't know if they have cafes and shops within the complex. Even if they do, there can't be more than a handful of them. Despite its revolutionary concept and architecture, it's clearly a product of its time (mid-century), when cars were king and cities and neighbourhoods were designed to prioritize them.Ingels has been pretty clear that the building is an homage to Habitat '67.
^ I had another look at the public art plan which mentions the glass blocks... "the unique façade material will be luminously backlit at night"... but assume it will be up to homeowners (and their hydro bills) to keep that promise.
Hefty water bills for the condo corp.
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