While the Place de la République had long been a crossroads mostly occupied by car drivers, this substantial restructuring process was designed for pedestrians comfort. The Place de la République becomes again a true Parisian square where the onlookers will enjoy walking around.
It is now the largest pedestrian square in Paris. Even though this news does not please all drivers who now have to bypass the Place de la République, this change is more than welcome on the pedestrians’ side as just 30% of the square is still accessible to cars, reducing significantly noise pollution.
This new Place de la République was designed with a fine sense of harmony: a cultural brewery, several large water mirrors, bikeways and green spaces enhance the space and highlight the famous Statue de la République. This reorganization, fruit of architects Pierre Alain Trévelo and Antoine Viger-Kohler labours, brings out a certain friendly atmosphere.