May 25, 2018

Ecoscape UK

Gustafson Porter + Bowman make shortlist for Eiffel Tower competition

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Gustafson Porter + Bowman has been shortlisted as 1 of 4 teams in a major international competition to design and develop a new landscape surrounding the Eiffel Tower.

The ‘Site Tour Eiffel’ competition, organised by Ville de Paris under the title ‘Discover, approach, visit’, covers the 54ha area 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 itself is located at the centre of this site.

As part of the city’s preparations for the 2024 Olympic games, the project seeks to accentuate the architectural quality of the Eiffel tower, elevate the pedestrian experience at the base of the tower, mediate existing connections across the site and improve the circulation of the surrounding public transport, buses, boats and cars.

While 7 million visitors climb the tower every year, as many as 30 million visit the site as a whole and experience the Tower without ever climbing it – from its base; from the concourse; from the Trocadéro Esplanade or Gardens; or from the Champ de Mars. The competition will thus also allow for a restoration and redevelopment of the existing landscape which forms the Champ de Mars, an urban park used by heavily local residents. Over forty major events take place every year on the Champ de Mars, contributing to its role as an iconic green space in Paris visited by Parisians as well as visitors from all over the world.

This major landscape-led competition follows the EU’s ‘Competitive dialogue’ procedure and will last nine months. Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s team is comprised of over fifteen consultants, including Architects Chartier-Corbasson, Urbanists Sathy and D&A, and Engineers Bollinger + Grohmann and Ma-Geo.

From 42 entries, the shortlisted firms include:
• AL_A [UK] and Gross.Max [UK]
• Gustafson Porter + Bowman [UK]
• Agence Ter [FR] and Carlo Ratti Associati [IT]
• Koz Architectes [FR], Jun’ya Ishigami (JP) and Atelier Roberta [FR]

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