Zibi Blocs 2 & 3
The mandate was very complex due to the dilapidation of industrial buildings: decontamination (asbestos), upgrading, shoring of columns, unforeseen demolitions, recycling and recovery of original elements, work on the foundations, modification of the shear wall, modification of elevators, modification of window arches, correction of beams and columns, and dilapidated roof structures.
Ultimately, the buildings are restored to maintain their present appearance as much as possible. The facades are treated in a sober and minimalist way with steel and glass in order to contrast with the textures and colours of the old materials. The new facades north of Block 2 were reworked to express an extruded volume truncated at its extremity to create a large opening towards Parliament Hill. Full-footed openings present the industrial remains in an almost museum-like manner, in plain view of by passers and occupants.
TITLE : Zibi Blocs 2 et 3
CLIENT : Zibi Canada
CATEGORY : (1) Commercial, (2) Renovation and conversion
SPAN : 41 000 sq.ft.
LOCATION : Gatineau, Québec
DATE : 2020
STATUS : Completed
- Engineer, building envelope consulting: Morrison Hershfield
- Structural engineer: John G. Cooke & Associates Ltd
- Electromechanical engineer: SAF
AWARDS : Grands Prix du Design, Special Awards / Heritage Conservation, Restoration & Presentation category (2021).