The Eiffel Tower in Paris is going to get an exciting make-over in the near future. Paris City Hall has announced brand new plans to set up gardens around the iconic landmark and reshape the landscape. The plan proposes the city’s largest garden park that will reduce the area’s busy toad traffic making it a safe, vehicle-free zone, reports Lonely Planet.
The pedestrian-friendly park is going to be designed by London-based landscape architects Gustafson, Porter and Bowman. The trio won a competition that will now allow them to redesign the area surrounding one of the world’s most beloved monuments. So, new fountains, walking and biking path along with trees are going to be set up in and around the tower. A 1.6 kilometre long lawn will be added to connect the Tower; the Place du Trocadéro; the Palais de Chaillot; the Pont d’Iéna; the Parc du Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.
What new changes will be visible around the Eiffel Tower?
The new design aims to unify the landscape through vibrant green spaces and pedestrian paths. In a statement, Bowman said, “Our scheme aims to breathe new life into a historic landscape; creating a 21st-century destination for one of Paris’ largest parks. We look forward to working with the City of Paris to enhance the experience and improve the iconic Eiffel Tower site for all visitors and Parisians.”
The park will also have a stunning walkable garden and two new public squares; called Place de Varsovie and Place Branly. These spaces will also host temporary performances and exhibitions in the future. More ticket offices, kiosks and baggage storage facilities for visitors will also be set up.
Gustafson spoke about why winning the completion was so special, “This competition has been especially meaningful to me because I studied in Paris at L’École Nationale Supérieure de Paysage. Every day I passed the Eiffel Tower, on my way to a school where I was immersed in the great historic landscapes of Versailles. The Eiffel Tower reminds me that patrimony means leaving something better for future generations. Our proposal unites a celebration of history with an enhancement of the future.”
The total budget allocated for the project is about €72 million ($80.6 million USD) which will be funded through new ticket sales to the tower. The first phase of the project is expected to conclude by 2023. This will align with the 2024 Summer Olympics to be held in Paris, France, Future work will continue till 2030.