Located at the provincial border of Quebec and Ontario, Zibi is a unique, 34-acre master-planned community that will transform the former industrial lands along the Gatineau riverfront and Ottawa’s Chaudière and Albert Islands. When complete, the ambitious project by Dream and Theia Partners will bring 5,000 residents, over 6,000 jobs, eight acres of riverfront parks and plazas, and over 1 million square feet of commercial, retail and cultural space to the area. Zibi House, which opened last May, is the heart of the Zibi community and while it houses the development’s presentation centre, it’s much more than your typical sales office.
Designed by Toronto-based architectural firm, Partisans, the structure is created out of a collection of refurbished shipping containers and other recycled materials as a nod to the community’s commitment to becoming the most sustainable neighbourhood in Canada. In fact, Zibi was the first community in Canada to be endorsed by One Planet Living, a world-class framework developed by Bioregional and the World Wildlife Fund.
Inside, Zibi House invites visitors to experience the story, history and culture of Zibi through a unique sensory experience. Renowned furniture and interior designer Paolo Ferrari has created a series of rooms featuring distinct sensory experiences — from the smell of fragrant indigenous plants representing the local biodiversity, to the sounds of Algonquin Anishinaabe music, paying homage to the area’s First Nations connection. Visitors can also taste honey produced by bees onsight, and take in the stunning views from the eight-storey observation tower.
“Zibi is a borderless, waterfront master-planned community and Zibi House is an expression and introduction of the new community using all five senses,” says Michael J. Cooper, President and Chief Responsible Officer of Dream Unlimited. “We are excited to create great public and private spaces within a totally new neighbourhood with internationally acclaimed Canadian talent.”
As a community and cultural hub, Zibi House will feature a series of events and local partnerships that are sure to attract residents and visitors alike. The programming will include pop-up retail activations, gourmet dinners, and a collection of workshops and lectures dubbed ‘Zibi Talks.’ A public square on the Gatineau side is also scheduled to open this summer, along with a production of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría.
“This project is so much more than condos,” says Krystal Koo, Head of Sales and Marketing at Dream. “We’re building a seamless neighbourhood where thousands of residents and visitors will feel connected not only to one another, but also to the region’s history and Zibi’s waterfront.”
Zibi House is located at 25 Jos-Montferrand in Gatineau and is open Wednesday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm and weekends from 12pm to 5pm.
For more information, visit zibi.ca.