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Brutalist Dig Of The Day: Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie

Habitat 67 is built on a peninsula which sits on the edge of the Old Port of Montreal, Canada. When designing the concept for Habitat 67, Moshe Safdie applied one of the truest symbols of stability – the cube – to his basis. Made up of 354 cubes of brilliant greyish beige concrete, Habitat 67 forms 146 residencies almost floating, garishly in the sky. It is this garishness that finitely adds to the character of Habitat 67, also known as Habitat, along with its futuristic interiors, pedestrian streets, suspended terraces, aerial spaces and huge elevator pillars.

Moshe Safdie wanted to offer a “fragment of paradise to everyone”.

Site section through modular units



Inside with: Anna Pirkola

You don’t even need to read the tagline of her website to understand Anna Pirkola’s creative ingenuity and job title. “Concept designer, interior and prop stylist, set designer” explain, purely and simply, Anna’s drive for aesthetic and beautiful imagery.

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I felt as if the images she produces and sets she styles are very personal and intimate, in a way that no one could recreate that same set up. I came across a post on the interior of her family home and it didn’t shock me to see that her house was a direct correlation of her personal style.

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The solid black borders reminiscent of the Bauhaus, the cool grey textures echoing Brutalism and those smooth white surfaces and glass accessories screaming Minimalism. It seems she’s a huge lover of HAY home and office ware, but also takes culture in her stride with the image of Morrisey and her vast collection of, what look like, vinyls perched on String bookshelves. The apartment is calm but elegant and is exactly what I’d expect from a Scandinavian home.


Image credit: Facing North With Gracia

Valentino New York + Chipperfield

David Chipperfield is making waves in the fashion world after the long awaited Valentino New York flagship store finally opened in September. The 1,850 sq ft interior is plastered in grey Palladiana Terrazzo, made up of a composite material (Terrazzo) which is poured in place and pre-cast, particularly for wall and floor treatments. Palliadiana Terrazzo, in particular, is more of a mosaic finish where very large chips of stone are set with the joints between slabs infilled with standard terrazzo. It immediately reminded me of one of the sweaters in Alexander Wang’s SS15 Collection – slightly organic but with a hand crafted feel.

“The store concept combines old and new in order to generate a Palazzo atmosphere, steering away from the pure showroom and promoting a new architectural format in place of a more traditional retail boutique structure.”

– Valentino

The store flows beautifully throughout the different areas, from accessories to womenswear to menswear.  Marble blocks and plinths tie together the concept whilst the sweeping slopes and chunky staircase link the departments