Toulouse’s new Exhibition and Convention Centre, has been completed, becoming the third largest parc des expositions in France outside of Paris.
Designed by OMA, the 155,000sq m project incorporates exhibition halls, a convention centre, a multi-function event hall, a car park for 3,000 cars and a transportation hub with a new tram station.
The masterplan of MEETT has been conceived as an active strip forming a physical border between urban development and countryside, with the ambition of becoming the central spine for an integrated development of the city and the countryside. The exhibition and convention centre is organized into three parallel bands: an approximately 700m long exhibition hall to the north; a reception and circulation zone below a car park silo in the centre; and a convention centre with a multi-function event hall to the south.
Outdoor public spaces, which will be accessible for convention visitors as well as the general public, are woven in between the three expo buildings, creating a connection between the centre and the surrounding landscape.