without the Eiffel Tower is quite unimaginable.
The City of Love is moving
towards a carbon-neutral design and the 30 million visitors who visit this
tower of light each year are in for an extraordinary experience as plans for a
modern new park, set to be the biggest public park in Paris, has been
Architectural Digest reports,
British landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s proposal has
been selected by the city, which will transform over 100 acres into public
green space in the city.
The designs are set to tackle any
issues of overcrowding and adequately accommodate an influx of pedestrians or
visitors to the area.
"We must entirely rethink this space,”
Gustafson Porter + Bowman founding partner Kathryn Gustafson told Le Parisien, overseeing
the plans to create and enhance the Paris visitor experience.
As the city which hosted the
climate accord, the new park will consist of an estimated 1.6km green corridor that will span the space between Place du Trocadéro and the end of the
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower
usually emerge from the Trocadéro Métro station into a whirl of traffic and
crowds. In a major move towards becoming carbon neutral, Pont d’Iéna - the
bridge that links the city’s left and right banks and leads to the Eiffel Tower
- will become a pedestrian-only passage.
The reimagined spaces will
incorporate "a new green amphitheatre at the Place du Trocadéro; a
continuous promenade that will extend between the Bir Hakeim bridge, the Eiffel
Tower, and the Musée de Quai Branly; and a new landscaping scheme in the
gardens of Champ-de-Mars".
Qantas details how the "forecourt of the Eiffel
Tower will have additional services and facilities for visitors – ticket
offices and even luggage drop-off facilities – and they’ll be discreetly
located among trees and raised lawns."
The transformation is set to be
complete by 2024, in time for the Paris Olympics, and will cost 72 million
euros (about R1.2bn at R17.70/Euro).
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