3 Unique Buildings Found in Montreal, Canada

Did you know that bread machines can make more than bread, crust, and cake? They can make pasta and jam too! How unconventional, right? Just like bread makers, these buildings are unusual. Nonetheless, they still offer more than you can ever expect!

Olympic Stadium

Olympic Stadium Montreal Canada

Located at Olympic Park, Montreal, Canada, this multi-purpose stadium was the main venue for the Summer Olympics in 1976. It’s known as “The Big O” because of the round shape of its roof. It’s also referred to as “The Big Owe” since a large sum of money was used for its construction.

This building also has the biggest seating capacity in Canada.

Today, it’s the home of Montreal’s professional football and baseball teams.

Habitat 67

Habitat 67 Montreal Canada

Montreal has done it again with this community and housing complex made of 354 identical concrete shapes laid out in diverse combinations. The units are also 12 stories high, and they are altogether well-known for creating 146 houses of different sizes and designs.

The Habitat is designed by the talented Moshe Safdie, an Israeli-Canadian architect. Initially, it was visualized for his master’s thesis and made for Expo 67, the World’s Fair held from April-October, 1967. Now, it’s known as one of the most remarkable buildings in Canada and a magnificent architectural landmark.

The Biosphere

The Biosphere Montreal Canada

This museum, designed by Buckminster Fuller, is unlike any other since it was made as a dedication to the environment. Like the Habitat 67, it was also constructed for the Expo 67 World Fair.

On May 20, 1976, the museum went through a disaster when a fire burned its clear acrylic bubble during the renovation. Fortunately, the steel support survived. The building stayed closed until 1990, when Environment Canada bought it for $17.5 million. They turned it into an interactive museum which showcases and explores the water ecosystems of the Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence River regions.

In 1995, it was introduced as a water museum and as part of a set of enclosed edifices designed by Éric Gauthier. After 12 years, the Biosphère altered its name to become an environment museum. Now, it’s a site for interactive activities and is recognized for its environmental exhibitions concerned with water, air, climate change, eco-technologies, as well as sustainable development.

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