Place Gambetta

Best Implemented Landscape Architecture Project

About the project
A synthesis of quality green space, urban infrastructure, heritage and craftsmanship: West 8, together with Landscape Architect Sabine Haristoy, have redesigned the historic plaza and lush garden of Place Gambetta.
Previously overwhelmed with heavy traffic, relocating vehicles and providing a generous space for bikes and pedestrians meant the renovated square is now a newly rejuvenated, vibrant and green environment in the heart of Bordeaux.
Framing the square with a dappled canopy, the design preserves existing centenary trees and introduces a variety of over fifty new trees. Complementing the 18th-century façades of the surrounding buildings, with the use of limestone throughout, the project also includes a natural meeting point with a new fountain dedicated to the medieval French queen Eleonore D’Aquitaine. West 8 began working on Place Gambetta after winning the design competition in 2016. After two years of construction, the park was opened in February 2021.

1 Pl. Gambetta, 33000 Bordeaux, France

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Applicant and authors of the project
West 8.
Award-winning international office for bespoke urban design, landscape architecture and infrastructure projects, founded in 1987 with offices in North America, The Netherlands and in Belgium. West 8 has an extensive portfolio of urban master plans and designs, landscape interventions, waterfront projects, parks, squares and gardens. The firm also develops concepts and visions for large-scale planning issues.
Project by West 8 together with Landscape Architect Sabine Haristoy.

Other participants
Bordeaux Métropole (client)
Sabine Haristoy (landscape architect, botanist)
Cetab (engineer)
Adema (traffic engineer)
Les Éclaireurs (lighting)