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Habitat 67 wins a Lego competition

Habitat 67 wins a Lego competition

Habitat 67

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  • The Canadian Press

One of the main architectural monuments of Montreal won an international competition among Lego enthusiasts, but the celebration was short-lived.

However, the Habitat 67 residential complex won an online vote, crowning emblematic structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Coliseum in Rome and the Capitol building in the American capital.

The Lego company had, without making any promises, indicated that it could produce a construction game inspired by the winning structure. The company has however announced that there will be no Lego version of Habitat 67 – at least for now.

Designed by the Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, Habitat 67 is a unique project built for the 1967 World Exposition. It is a series of blocks of dwellings integrated into a whole, along the Saint- Laurent, in the Old Port of Montreal. The place was classified as a “historic place” by Quebec in 2009.

The Lego company said it couldn’t commit to building something just because of an online contest.

On the Internet, the company said it took more than popularity to become an iconic figure in Lego architecture.

The toy manufacturer has already gone to its next architectural competition. Ten new candidates have appeared on the Lego website, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona and the Ellis House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles.

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