Neighbourhoods of the Future
Creating the Neighbourhoods of the Future
Revitalizing neighbourhoods and creating unifying spaces where occupants can live, work and play is one of the missions we gave ourselves. In Paris, the project that will be built on rue des Poissonniers is the brainchild of the ICAWOOD fund and the ChartierDalix architecture firm.
More than just buildings
Michael Neuman, Vice President, Investments, Europe, explained that the ICAWOOD fund was set up to fulfill three goals: to build offices made of low-carbon wood, to develop the Greater Paris area and to create value. “We don't want to develop just for the sake of building new spaces; we want to set ourselves apart with our products and create true value over the long term”.
ICAWOOD was born from a partnership between Ivanhoé Cambridge; ICAMAP, an investment fund management company specializing in real estate, whose president is Guillaume Poitrinal; and WO2, co-founded by Philippe Zivkovic. This partnership allows us to invest in highly technical and complex project; moreover, it gives us the opportunity to use cross-laminated timber (CLT), a very low-carbon material developed by WO2.
A first project
Taking the form of a mixed-used building consisting of offices, student housing, retail businesses and restaurants, a brand-new project will be developed in the heart of the 18th arrondissement on rue des Poissonniers. It’s an exemplary project on the environmental front, says Philippe Zivkovic: In addition to being built with CLT, it will be erected on an existing concrete structure. Once it’s been reduced in size and transformed, the skeleton will serve as the foundation for a building that will further open onto the outdoors.
“The city is being built on itself,” said Frédéric Chartier, architect and co-founder of ChartierDalix. “The rue des Poissonniers project, which embodies what could very well be the office of the future, is being superimposed on a site that already has a history.” The architect and his team are planning an all-wood structure on top of the concrete; it’s a lightweight option that preserves the existing buildings and is environmentally friendly.
On the roof, an urban rooftop farm creates added ecological value. Large offices with giant windows offering views of the street will allow workers and retailers to feel continuously connected to the community and to passersby.
A vibrant neighbourhood
Deep Ellum, Dallas
In partnership with Hines and Westdale, we have acquired a parcel of land in Dallas at 2700 Commerce Street in the booming Deep Ellum district. We will be developing a mixed-use building consisting of high-end boutiques and hyper-modern offices. The project will help position Deep Ellum as one of the city’s neighbourhoods of tomorrow.
Inventing the Montreal of the future
Demain Montréal, a winner of the Reinventing Cities competition
The project by the Demain Montréal team—represented by Cogir, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Pomerleau—was selected as one of the winners of Reinventing Cities. This worldwide competition aims to support low-carbon initiatives and is organized by C40, an organization committed to fighting climate change.
Our plan is to create a unique low-carbon emission neighbourhood, an inclusive and unifying space with affordable housing and zero-waste grocery stores and restaurants close to workers and residents—all of it powered by smart technology. This project allows us to position ourselves as a player in the carbon-neutral construction industry and marks one of the first steps in creating a neighbourhood and a community within Montreal’s Cité du Multimédia.
A sustainable innovation hub
T3 RiNo, Denver
In partnership with McCaffery and Hines, we have broken ground in the River North Art District (RiNo) on the T3 RiNo project, a six-storey timber office complex that will be one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly buildings in Denver.
We want to redefine the modern, creative office and to find ways to partner with our tenants so they can offer their employees a healthier, happier and more productive workplace. T3 RiNo embodies the office of the future.
RiNo is a creative hub for artisans of all kinds – only two kilometres north of downtown Denver.
“A greener Daning is enjoyable for many reasons. From a business viewpoint, the walls are a natural decelerator. Potential customers slow down to enjoy nature, which creates more opportunities for my photography café nearby. There are clear environmental advantages: less carbon dioxide, more oxygen and cooler temperatures in the summer. But my favourite aspect is definitely their beauty. Façade greenery has the magical ability to transform city spaces, injecting life into them. Plus, it never goes out of fashion.”