Montreal Building Wins Lego Contest

But city's unique Habitat '67 will not become a new Lego play kit.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Undoubtedly one of the most interesting and eclectic buildings in Montreal is Habitat '67, which looks like a haphazard stack of building blocks – it has won a quirky contest by Lego as one of the most inspiring architectural icons in the world, however the company may not replicate the structure as a building kit.

Vote and Inspire is the page on the LEGO Architecture site where you can vote for your favourite architectural icon, and Habitat 67, designed by Safdie Moshe, was the most popular among the 10 architectural masterpieces profiled on the site in the first round of Vote and Inspire. It is now a candidate for a future LEGO Architecture set, but it may not make the cut.

Ten more fantastic buildings are up on the site now that voters can choose from, including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Habitat '67 is described on their official site as such: "The cube is the base, the mean and the finality of Habitat 67. In its material  sense, the cube is a symbol of stability. As for its mystic meaning, the cube is symbol of wisdom, truth, moral perfection, at the origin itself of our civilization. Three hundred and fifty-four cubes of a magnificent grey-beige build up one on the other to form 146 residences nestled between sky and earth, between city and river, between greenery and light."

Despite the building's win on the website, according to The Canadian Press the company says it can't commit to building something just because it won a contest. "It takes more than popularity to make the grade as a Lego Architecture icon," the company noted on its website.