Opening of the new OMA Toulouse Congress and Exhibition Center in France
The new MEETT Congress and Exhibition Center of the OMA in Toulouse has officially opened its doors. Chris van Duijn, partner of OMA, led the development, the third largest exhibition center in France outside of Paris. The MEETT master plan was conceived as an active band – “an active band” – forming a physical border between urban development and the countryside. The project was designed to help organize an integrated development approach for the city.
The program of the exhibition and congress center is organized in three parallel bands. The 155,000 m2 project includes exhibition halls, a congress center, a multifunctional event hall, a parking silo for 3,000 cars and a transport hub with a new tram station. A 700-meter-long exhibition hall is located to the north, a convention center and event hall to the south, and a reception and circulation area under a parking silo in the center. Outside, a series of public spaces is woven between the three buildings of the exhibition.
Chris van Duijn, partner of the OMA, said: “This project has been an opportunity to develop an architectural concept which concerns all scales. The master plan is inspired by the efficiency of the surrounding infrastructure, the openness and horizontality of the rural landscape and the scale of the adjacent sheds, while each of the individual buildings is designed as a functioning machine and single flexible. The project was led by Chris van Duijn and project architect Gilles Guyot.
Join ArchDaily on October 2 at 1:00 p.m. CEST for the launch of Laurian Ghinitoiu and Arata Mori’s MEETT film on the design of Toulouse’s new large-scale exhibition center. It will be followed by a round table between Chris van Duijn, OMA partner, project architect Gilles Guyot, French architecture critic Sophie Trelcat and ArchDaily editor-in-chief Christele Harrouk.
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