Paris has just announced plans for a major new park at the base of the Eiffel Tower. On Tuesday, British landscape architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman’s proposal was selected by the city, which will transform over 100 acres into what will be the largest public green space in the city. The transformation is set to be complete by 2024, in time for the Paris Olympics, and will cost 72 million euros (roughly $80 million).
The new plan will link over a mile of Paris with green space.
Every year the Eiffel Tower is visited by over 30 million people, and as one of the most iconic landmarks in the world, it has fallen victim to its popularity. “I was horrified by the state of the spaces in that they are not adequately equipped to accommodate the influx of pedestrians and visitors. We must entirely rethink this space,” Gustafson Porter + Bowman founding partner Kathryn Gustafson told Le Parisien. To remedy the overcrowding, lack of accessibility, and congested gardens, the firm has come up with a plan that will reimagine the neighborhood and create a better visiting experience.
Source: CN Traveler / Image: Architectural Digest and Gustafson Porter + Bowman