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Competition Winners Announced for Redesign of Paris’ Eiffel Tower Grounds

Eiffel Tower redesign rendering, photo credit: Gustafson Porter+Bowman.
Eiffel Tower redesign rendering, photo credit: Gustafson Porter+Bowman.
23 May 2019 | Paris, France

British landscape architecture studio Gustafson Porter + Bowman is redesigning the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in advance of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The London studio won the competition for the Site Tour Eiffel project, beating entries from Koz Architects, Amanda Levete, and Agence Ter.

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Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s redesign aims to address crowding issues and improve services at the Parisian landmark, ahead of the Olympic Games being held in the French capital.

Called One Line, Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s vision for the famous landmark is to add more greenery to the areas on either side of the Eiffel Tower.

One Line will create a green corridor from the Palais de Chaillot at the Place du Trocadéro and the École Militaire at the Place Joffre. It will feature an amphitheater at the Trocadéro and more public space around the Varsovie Fountains.

Pont d’Iéna is going to be turned into a green bridge, and the Champ de Mars will have two new squares and raised lawns.

“One Line evokes the union of two historic landscape typologies: classical French gardens, characterized by major axes that express power; and French picturesque gardens, as places of artistic experimentation,” said Gustafson Porter + Bowman.

“In this urban landscape, green routes and gardens reserved for creative pursuits frame and soften the central axis.”

Populous and Egis have developed a master plan for the games that would see the Eiffel Tower, along with other Parisian landmarks, turned into stages for various sporting events.

President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to rebuild the fire-damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral in time for the games, despite heritage experts cautioning it could take decades.

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