PARC DES EXPOSITIONS, FRANCE, TOULOUSE, 2011
|Exhibition centre in Toulouse|
By OMA © All rights reserved
The new Parc des Expositions (PEX), in the innovation zone of Toulouse, southern France, is a project that is not only about architecture, but infrastructure. PEX is designed to be a condenser for diversity, a machine that can produce an infinite amount of possibilities. The 338,000m2 project is a compact mini-city – an antidote to the sprawl of a standard exposition park, and a means to preserve the surrounding French countryside.
Rather than spreading across the entire available 150 acre site – a patchwork of open fields and sporadic developments – OMA chose to designate a "virtuous" strip, 2.8 kilometers long and 320 metres wide, crossed by the RD902 highway. The strip will act as a zone for future developments and link the river Garonne at one extreme and the Airbus A380 factory on the other. Within this strip, PEX occupies a relatively small area: a continuous low-lying structure 660 metres long, 316 metres wide, and 24 metres high.
Société Publique Locale d’Améngement (SPLA)
150 acres of agricultural land at the edge of Toulouse
40,000 m2 column-free indoor exhibition space, 41,000 m2 outdoor exhibition space, 15,000 m2 Multifunction Event Hall, 15,000 m2 of logistics & amenities space, approximately 160,000 m2 for parking (6500 spaces)
Puig Pujol, Sutter Taillandier
Batlle i Roig Arquitectes
Franz Parthesius, Hans Werlemann
Sara Bilge, Sandra Bsat, Savinien Caracostea-Balan, Marek Chytil, Paul Cournet, Kaveh Dabiri, Lionel Debs, Daniel Dobson, Marcela Ferreira, Nathan Friedman, Didzis Jaunzems, Anthony Joyeux, Matthew Jull, Filippo Nanni, Elina Spruza, Wes Thomas, Haohao Zhu