Four teams shortlisted to design and develop landscape at Eiffel Tower in France

WCN Editorial Team 8 May 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Four companies have been shortlisted by Ville de Paris to design and develop a new landscape surrounding the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.

The ‘Site Tour Eiffel’ competition, organised under the title ‘Discover, approach, visit’, covers a 54ha area on either side of the River Seine, between the Trocadéro and the Military Academy, and along the river embankments between Bir-Hakeim and Alma Bridges.

The Eiffel Tower is located at the centre of the site.

The project will be taken up as part of the city’s preparations for the 2024 Olympic Games.

The project is aimed at highlighting the architectural quality of the Eiffel Tower, improving the pedestrian experience, and improving the circulation of the public transport, buses, boats and cars around the tower.

According to estimates, seven million visitors climb the tower every year, while 30 million visit the site as a whole and experience the tower from its base, concourse, Trocadéro Esplanade or gardens, or from the Champ de Mars, without ever climbing it.

The competition will also facilitate restoration and redevelopment of the existing landscape which forms the Champ de Mars, an urban park used by local residents, where more than 40 major events take place every year.

The landscape-led competition follows the EU’s ‘Competitive Dialogue’ procedure and will last nine months.

The project is being coordinated by Paris City Council along with Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel.

A total of 42 entries were received for the competition.

The shortlisted companies include: Amanda Levete, which teamed with Gross.Max (UK); Gustafson Porter + Bowman (UK), Agence Ter (France) with Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy), and Koz Architectes (France) with Atelier Roberta (France) and Junya Ishigami (Japan).

Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s team comprises more than 15 consultants, including architects Chartier-Corbasson, urbanists Sathy and D&A, and engineers Bollinger + Grohmann and Ma-Geo.

The four teams will work with the city over the next 10 months to produce designs that will enhance the ways in which people discover, approach and visit the site of the tower.

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