With its 155,000 square meters, Toulouse’s new exhibition and convention center, known as MEETT, rises on agricultural land on the edge of the French city, close to the airport and the huge Airbus factories that are an engine of the regional and national economies. In this outlying area, fragmented by motorways and railway tracks, constructions are scattered about. To counter this scenery, the project aims for compactness and multifunctionality in designing a dense building containing flexible spaces. As a large-scale strategy, it includes a services axis, connecting the complex to the surroundings and marking a spine for future developments.
The horizontal and compact scheme presents three parallel bands. To the north is a building with a translucent polycarbonate skin, meant to host exhibitions in a single vast, 700-meter-long space or in seven modular halls. On the south is the convention center and a multipurpose event venue. And in between is a reception zone with a four-level car park silo.
PPa architectures and Taillandier Architectes Associés are both associated designers of the project.