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A major international competition to reimagine the landscape of the Eiffel Tower has been won by Gustafson Porter + Bowman.
The company led an Anglo-French multi-disciplinary design team to reimagine the 54ha site of the celebrated Paris landmark.
Its winning proposal – the OnE scheme – envisions one readable landscape revealing unity, continuity and diversity.
OnE proposes a unifying axis: celebrating the Eiffel Tower at the centre of a line connecting the Place du Trocadéro, the Palais de Chaillot, the Pont d’Iéna, the Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.
A series of reimagined landscapes interlock along this central green axis. An amphitheatre of greenery restores space to pedestrians at the Place du Trocadéro. A new and enlivened public space unfolds from the Varsovie Fountains towards the Pont d’Iéna and the bridge is reincarnated as a green promenade towards the gardens of the Eiffel Tower. The forecourt of the Eiffel Tower caters to the crowds with additional services and facilities hidden among the trees and the raised lawns of the Champ de Mars protect and elevate the landscape.
OnE also creates spaces of pleasure and contemplation along the length of the site.
The design blends two historic landscape typologies: classical French gardens and French picturesque gardens. In this urban landscape, green routes and gardens frame and soften the central axis. These “corridors” and “glades” introduce biodiversity, as well as areas for hosting temporary events. such as musical performances and sculpture exhibitions.
As part of the city’s showcase for the 2024 Olympic games, the first phase of the redevelopment is to be completed by 2023.