Inspired by Habitat 67, an architectural landmark in Montreal, Canada, that transformed the face of urban living, Moshe Safdie puts a new spin on city-fringe living with Sky Habitat, redefining apartment living through design, form and function.
Sky Habitat is a three-dimensional matrix of homes with terraces, balconies, and communal gardens, bringing landscape, light and air into every level of the building. The building's stepped form is akin to a hillside town. The units feature multiple orientations relative to the sun, natural ventilation, and generous views.
High density buildings in land-scarce cities often result in small living spaces, compromised amenities, and limited access to outdoor spaces and amenities. By contrast, the design of Sky Habitat aspires to include a range of amenities to serve the residents, from swimming pools and playgrounds, to gardens and communal spaces for family parties and events.
Three bridging sky gardens link the two stepping towers and create a series of interconnected streets, gardens, and terraces in the air, which provide a variety of spaces for common recreation and congregation. As a result, the overall massing is porous and open, allowing breezes to flow through and daylight to penetrate deep into the structure. The stepping geometry allows residences multiple orientations and large private terraces. At the ground plane, above a sunken parking podium, more than 70 percent of the site is developed into a series of additional gardens, which offer outdoor event areas, swimming pools, a tennis court, and walking paths.