Gustafson Porter + Bowman are the winners of the City of Paris’ Site Tour Eiffel Competition to reimagine the landscape of one of the world’s most iconic monuments.
Spanning an area of 54 hectares, the first phase of the project is to be completed by 2023 to be part of the City of Paris’ showcase for Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. This major international competition sought designs that would respond to the brief of ‘discover, approach, visit’ and deliver a landscape that aligns with the City’s vision for a resilient, inclusive and environmentally-oriented future.
The winning proposal, OnE, suggests a unifying axis: celebrating the Eiffel Tower at the centre of a line that connects the Place du Trocadéro, the Palais de Chaillot, the Pont d’Iéna, the Champ de Mars and the Ecole Militaire.
Along this central green axis, a series of reimagined landscapes interlock: an amphitheatre of greenery restores space to pedestrians; a new and enlivened public space unfolds; the bridge is reincarnated as a green promenade towards the gardens of the Eiffel Tower; the forecourt of the Eiffel Tower caters to the crowds with additional services and facilities discreetly hidden amongst the trees; and the raised lawns of the Champ de Mars protect and elevate the landscape.
The proposal establishes a coherent and refined hierarchy of uses across the site, improving pedestrian accessibility and city circulation. OnE thus 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.
Kathryn Gustafson, Founding Partner of Gustafson Porter + Bowman commented: “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, and it reminds me that patrimony means leaving something better for future generations. Our proposal unites a celebration of history with an enhancement of the future.” Congratulations!