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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture b.v.

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3072 LM Rotterdam
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West 8 Brussels urban design & landscape architecture bvba

Waaienberg 123
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West 8 urban design & landscape architecture p.c.

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Philadelphia, PA 19103
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West 8 Wins Competition for Place Gambetta, Bordeaux

On Friday 23 of September, elected officials of the Bordeaux City Council, chaired by Alain Juppé, voted in support of the proposed revitalization of Place Gambetta, Bordeaux.

With the transformation of the city in recent years this once forgotten urban project, is destined to become an emblematic square in the heart of Bordeaux’s city center.

The renovation for the historic square project will be led by the Dutch-Bordeaux team, of West 8 + Sabine Haristoy + Cetab, whose winning competition proposal respects the proud heritage of the 18th century facades and natural elegance of this long standing English garden.

The project, called “Place-Jardin” or Garden Square, is the fruit of several years of consultation with local residents and businesses: Place Gambetta, surrounded by historic architecture will be restored and integrated into the city fabric once again. Situated within an improved pedestrian realm the square is envisaged as an iconic venue for downtown.

A quintessential 18th century English garden, Place Gambetta has always provided a welcome breath of fresh air and generous shade canopy for visitors and residents alike. However the arrival of the twentieth century created a separation between the garden and the urban fabric that surrounds it. Wide roads and heavy traffic overwhelmed the subtle narrative of the landscape.
Team West 8’s winning design vision centers on the notion of giving back the space to pedestrians. It reorganizes traffic to one side, improving accessibility and establishing a more urban atmosphere on the eastern periphery, which sees the garden embrace the rhythm of the street.

The eastern part of the square, as seen from rue Porte Dijeaux will be reserved for pedestrians. Bus and vehicular traffic will be diverted to the west. The idea is to maintain a garden inspired by the typology of English squares. It will be surrounded by limestone edging and feature a central fountain and natural meeting place dedicated to Eleonore D’aquitaine. The design also introduces a variety of new trees species to complement the existing trees, which are only partly preserved.

Several feasibility studies and ecological assessments are already underway, with renovation works slated to begin in 2018 for delivery in 2020.

West 8 勝出波爾多甘比塔廣場的振興計劃競賽

9月23日星期五,由阿蘭·朱佩(AlainJuppé)主持的波爾多市議會選舉官員投票支持波爾多甘比塔廣場的振興計劃建議。隨著近年來城市的轉型,這個曾經被遺忘的城市項目,決要成為波爾多市中心的象徵性廣場。歷史悠久的廣場項目的改造將由荷蘭 – 波爾多團隊的West 8 + Sabine Haristoy + Cetab所領導,他們的競賽獲獎建議甚為尊重18世紀建築外立面的豐盛遺產和這個城市所擁有的歴史悠久的英式庭園的自然優雅。


Team West 8的獲獎設計願景集中於將空間回饋給行人的概念:它將交通重組歸一,改善成無遭障的公共空間,在東部邊緣建立更加容合城市的氛圍,使公園接合街道的節奏。廣場的東部如從Porte Dijeaux進入廣場的部分將留給行人。公共汽車和車輛交通將被轉向西面。這個想法是為保持這個英式廣場類型花園之願景。它將被石造圍邊街道家具所包圍,設有一個中央噴泉,使 Eleonore D’aquitaine 成爲公眾會合的好地方。設計還引入了各種新的樹木種類,以補充現有只有部分保存的樹木。幾項可行性研究和生態評估已經開始,其改造工程預計將於2018年開始,到2020年交付。