One town square in Ottawa is transforming its industrial beginnings into a new, green future. This square, part of a larger, masterplanned community called Zibi , will become a mixed-use development offering both residential and commercial spaces, a huge change from the centuries-old industrial past that has been a hallmark of the area. This project, the vision of Kohn Partnership Architects with Teeple Architects in association, encompasses two blocks in the Chaudière West district in Ottawa. Revamping these two blocks, Blocks 206 and 207, will totally transform the neighborhood. There will be a tower on Block 206 that is designed to meet One Planet Living sustainability standards. This tower will include residential units and commercial spaces. The other block will feature a repurposed structure that will shrug off its past as an industrial building to become a modern home to commercial and office spaces. “Chaudière West is Zibi’s downtown and entertainment quarter, creating a seamless transition from work to play,” reads the project website. “Its pedestrian-first streets and courtyards are lined with boutique hotels, inviting cafes and restaurants and world-class specialty stores. Wander Head Street Square, watch the sunset from the park or enjoy the view of the falls […]

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