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Zibi Development


A vast $ 1.5 billion redevelopment of Domtar lands, the Isles (Algonquin River) project proposes the redesign of waste and contaminated land into a sustainable community that combines the best of integrated urbanity with lively waterfront spaces. Developed in Gatineau and Ottawa, the project aims to connect a series of islands and lands in a true community, a model that demonstrates the highest standards of the One Living Planet. The Isles will become the 10th project in the world to achieve “One Living Planet” certification, the highest possible environmental certification and the first in Canada.

Heritage, industrial activity, access to shorelines, views and development of green and public spaces will guide the planning of this future mixed neighborhood.

Transformed lands will provide access to parts of the Ottawa River shore that have been closed and banned for generations. A series of heritage buildings will be conserved and will act as the nucleus for the project. This heart will be transformed not into another “historical quarter”, but into a vibrant, exciting and unique place. We propose to transform these places into a place that excites and inspires the senses where people can discover new ideas, new foods, new designs and new ways of living.

The neighborhood’s squares, parks and green spaces nurture the imagination of local people. Edible landscapes, a cultural calendar, playgrounds for young and old, playful interventions and a design that testifies to the evolution of the site.

The Isles will become a place full of creativity. A place with a unique character to which its installations will tell its evolution and its history.