video: © Philippe Ruault + © Théo Ménivard
MEETT, Toulouse’s new Exhibition and Convention Centre, is located in the innovation zone north of Toulouse, France. The project is not only about architecture, but also about infrastructure, urbanism, landscape and public space. The 155,000 m² exhibition and convention center is positioned in between the city and the countryside: it connects urbanized plots to the south – mainly dedicated to aeronautics, including the airport hangar of Airbus– to an agricultural landscape to the north.
MEETT is conceived as an active strip – ‘une bande active’ – a horizontal and compact project, divided in three parallel bands: a row of modular exhibition halls to the north; a convention center and multi-function event hall to the south; and a reception area to the center, featuring a silo car park for 3,000 cars. We placed the parking at the center of the project, covering a spine where amenities and access to the hall are concentrated.