09:15 22 March 2022
A major overhaul of the area around the Eiffel Tower is due to begin this spring, after Paris city authorities approved an ambitious landscaping project earlier in the year.
The brainchild of London-based architecture firm Gustafson Porter + Bowman, the project aims to provide more green space, improve access and conditions for pedestrians and give a new accent and appeal to the axis of two kilometers between the Trocadéro and the Ecole Militaire.
Important new features include grassed terraces at the Trocadéro, extensive planting and pedestrianization on the Pont d’Iéna, a plaza at each end of the bridge, a garden landscape beneath the tower itself, and raised lawns on the Champ de March. The plan includes the planting of 200 new trees.
The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in time for the 2024 Olympics, with additional work expected to continue through 2026.