West 8 is delighted to announce the opening of the redesigned Place Gambetta in Bordeaux, France.
West 8, together with Landscape Architect Sabine Haristoy, have redesigned the historic plaza and lush garden. Now open to the public, the renovated square provides the public with a newly rejuvenated, vibrant and green environment in the heart of Bordeaux. The project is a synthesis of quality green space, urban infrastructure, heritage and craftsmanship and already the park has already been flooded with visitors enjoying the space.
Previously overwhelmed with heavy traffic flow, the project has improved the accessibility of the square by relocating vehicles and providing a generous space for bikes and pedestrians. Framing the square with a dappled canopy, the new design preserves existing centenary trees and introduces a variety of over fifty new trees. Limestone is the dominant material of the project, complementing the 18th-century façades of the surrounding buildings. A new fountain, dedicated to the medieval French queen Eleonore D’Aquitaine, creates a natural meeting point within the central English Garden.
West 8 began working on Place Gambetta after winning the design competition in 2016. After two years of construction, the park was opened Friday the 19th of February, 2021.