Tuesday 22 April 2008

The beauty machine

So. What you want to do is time your visit to the Canadian Centre for Architecture right at the end of the day. Leave the CCA, and head down to the port. Dawdle so that the sun starts to set and the sky turns that ridiculously romantic, Cindarella shade of pinky-lilacy-blue. Stand and watch as people start to turn on the lights in their homes in Moshe Safdie's Habitat 67. Take in the way this utopian complex manages to look modernist and ancient and brutal and sad, all at the same time. Consider the fact it's now a privately-owned condomininum complex. Walk on slowly.

top - reference view of Habitat 67
bottom - Habitat 67 at twilight in early spring.

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