At 120 metres long and 37 metres high, the new landmark in Bordeaux is a real eye-catcher. Located centrally between the Garonne and Saint-Jean railway station, the Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine (or MÉCA for short) can be seen from miles around.
A meeting place
The Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) from Denmark designed the art centre as a modern triumphal arch, with various ramps and staircases leading to its raised passage. Inside, the new landmark in Bordeaux covers a floor area of 18,000 m2 – ample space for achieving its intended purpose as a hub for the arts and a meeting place. Three regional cultural institutions have already moved in here. They use the generous space on offer for events, workshops or exhibitions, and also provide studios for artists in residence.