OMA's new MEETT Exhibition and Convention Centre in Toulouse has officially opened. OMA Partner Chris van Duijn led the development, the third largest parc des expositions in France outside of Paris. The masterplan of MEETT was conceived as an active strip - ‘une bande active’ - forming a physical border between urban development and countryside. The project was made to help organize an integrated development approach for the city. The program of the exhibition and convention centre is organized into three parallel bands. The 155,000 m2 project includes exhibition halls, a convention centre, a multi-function event hall, a car park silo for 3,000 cars and a transportation hub with a new tram station. A 700-meter long exhibition hall is set to the north, a convention centre and event hall to the south, and a reception and circulation zone below a car park silo in the center. Outside, a series of public spaces are woven between the three expo buildings.
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