Designed in the mid-1960s by architect Moshe Safdie, it was supervised by Sandy van Ginkel while studying at the University McGill1, Habitat 67 is based on the ideas developed in his thesis entitled A Three-Dimensional Modular Building system. Safdie was interested in high-density urban architecture, and had to make a set price reduced through the use of prefabricated elements.
Habitat 67 sought to combine the advantages of the private house and an apartment. It was built on the principle of modular blocks imbriquables. A factory was built nearby to produce the 354 precast concrete modules measuring 11.7 m x 5,3 m x 3m, which were then set up using a crane.