Outside the UK
CSW Landscape Architects
Cliffhanger benches, Solid Edge System, Rough&Ready Bollards
The new Zibi waterfront district in the city of Gatineau in Canada is close to Chaudière Falls and extends across the Ottawa River. The area’s indigenous people have been fully involved in the development and their rich cultural heritage and history are an integral part of it. Developed in collaboration with the One Planet Community network, Zibi is a sustainably designed project that bridges the past and the future.
As the first One Planet Community project in Canada, Zibi represents a model for developing affordable, sustainable residential areas and communities. The plan incorporates climate-neutral buildings with sustainable energy generation, efficient land use with ample green areas and an infrastructure geared towards cyclists and pedestrians.
Car-free corridors have been implemented to provide occupants of the residential buildings access to the green strip along the north bank of the river. In one of these corridors, a central meeting point has been created, affording a splendid view of Ottawa.
Streetlife furniture has been installed in this square and offers various opportunities for residents to meet and sit.
To green the square, seating isles from Streetlife's Solid Edge System were selected, with the borders rising up from the ground to form sitting edges. The isles have different dimensions and create a varied, playful effect. This is reinforced by the sloping front and overhanging seats, which also offer extra leg room.
Free-standing, double-sided Cliffhanger benches have been scattered across the square and emphasise its informal character.
Rough&Ready bollards serve to demarcate the square.
The integration of Streetlife furniture in the plan matches the overall natural-looking appearance of an extraordinary, high-quality landscape project which was designed by CSW Landscape Architects.