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La Méca opens in Bordeaux as Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine

Inaugurated on June 28th in Bordeaux, La Méca is the Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine, a majestic project by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, in collaboration with Freaks.
Located in the district of Euratlantique, on the banks of the Garonne river, the Méca is a bright arch with special perspectives and vanishing points that create an illusion of movement. The building is covered by 4800 concrete panels which recall the colour of Bruxelles’ light brown stone, part of the UNESCO world heritage.

The uncountable windows of the building look like pixels that let the light in and make the inner spaces permeable and transparent. La Méca is a lively dynamic place, open to anybody, where even the external spaces are available as a stage for concerts and cultural events.
It can be accessed by day and by night, thanks to illuminated ramps and stairs.

The figures of the Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine are significative and explain well the value of the project:
– 37 meters high
– 120 meters wide
– 850 m2 viewpoint terrace
– 18.000 m2 of total surface
– 11.000 m3 of concrete
– 24 societies working on the project
– More than 1000 technicians
– 65 suppliers of specialized services
– 60 millions euros invested

In ALCA – Agence livre, cinéma et audiovisuel en Nouvelle-Aquitaine there are:
– 1 cinema with 80 seats
– 2 production offices
– 1 project incubator
– Yearly cinema schedule
– Yearly professional meetings schedule

In FRAC – Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain:
– 1200 m2 of temporary exhibition rooms
– 1 auditorium with 90 seats spread over 120 m2
– 3 great yearly exhibitions
– More than 50 meetings every year
– More than 25 exhibitions dedicated to the New Aquitaine
– 5 residences
– More than 100 project partners
– 50.000 expected visitors

In OANA – Office Artistique de la Nouvelle-Aquitaine:
– 360 m2 of exhibition space
– 1 80m2 studio
– 25 residences per season
– 25 annual gatherings for the general public
– 40 shows
– 20 scholarships
– 50 residences in shared organisation
– 1000 shows in New Aquitaine

For more information: https://www.la-meca.com

 

MÉCA, Bordeaux, 2019. Photo © Laurian Ghinitoiu