PICS: Paris to totally transform the Eiffel Tower experience, here's how

Paris 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 unveiled. 

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 Champ-de-Mars. 

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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