Tanger Kanata Outlet
Tanger and RioCan retained IBI Group to work with New York architect, Create, to envision a contemporary commercial landscape for the Ottawa area that would become a regional shopping destination.
A regional shopping destination for Ottawans that references the surrounding geography
Considering the challenges ‘bricks and mortar’ retail faces from online commerce, the goal was to create not only a retail destination, but also to provide a sheltered and appealing place for the entire family to play, walk, shop and indulge in food.
The outdoor-facing shops; the emphasis on pedestrian circulation; the distinctive rest and lounge areas complete with fireplaces, wifi/charging stations, sounds of water, comfy chairs, and playgrounds, all add up to a unique and successful experience for the region.
The landscape design vision references the geographies and geologies of the area – the Ottawa River valley, the wetlands, the Gatineau hills – in the angular planters, the waterfalls feature, and the use of regional trees and shrubs. A more ecological part of the project entailed the restoration and planting of the adjacent Feedmill Creek, along with new trails to local recreational facilities. In a reference to commerce, certain pavers are arranged to evoke a bar code with engraved Tanger and RioCan contact numbers.
Following the success of this project, IBI was retained to work on a second phase which opened in summer 2017.
Associate Director | Practice Lead, Urban Design / Landscape Architecture
Neno Kovacevic is a leading Landscape Architect and Urban Designer who has worked on numerous initiatives in North America, Central America and internationally. He brings more than 20 years of experience to environmentally sensitive design, integrating sustainability into community master planning, parks, open space, urban public plazas and streetscape design. His experience reflects the diverse, evolving role of landscape architecture in facilitating economic development, community building and sustainability. His work is distinguished by a talent to identify and resolve client issues through visionary and practical design solutions, supported by solid project management skills and a proven ability to work as a contributing member of a collaborative design team.
In 1994 he completed his Masters degree in landscape architecture at Edinburgh University and is fully registered to practise in Canada, the United States and Montenegro.