MÉCA BREAKS GROUND IN BORDEAUX



Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine brings together three cultural institutions under one roof. FRAC (the Aquitaine Regional Fund for Contemporary Art), ECLA (the Cultural Agency for Writing, Music, Film & Broadcasting), and OARA (the Artistic Office of the Aquitaine Region for performing arts), are gathered around an outdoor urban room that frames the everyday life along the promenade in Bordeaux. 

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MECA – MAISON DE L’ÉCONOMIE CRÉATIVE ET DE LA CULTURE EN AQUITAINE

This project brings together three cultural institutions into one building: FRAC (the Aquitaine Regional Fund for Contemporary Art), ECLA (the Cultural Agency for Writing, Music, Film & Broadcasting), and OARA (the Artistic Office of the Aquitaine Region for performing arts). Together, they are transformed into a single institution: the Maison de l’Économie Créative et de la Culture en Aquitaine – the MÉCA. We propose a building integrated with the waterfront promenade of Bordeaux to allow public life to flow through the MÉCA. The three institutions and their shared facilities are gathered around a public space framing a fifth program – and outdoor urban room – open towards both Bordeaux and the Garonne – as well as the OARA, ECLA and FRAC – left, right, above and below. The urban room will frame the everyday life of Bordeaux flowing through the expansive space along the promenade or to and from the river. On special occasions, it will turn in to an urban stage, or an outdoor gallery to extend the art into the city, as well as the city into the architecture. The urban room is at once a frame for the artwork, a stage for the performances, a screening room for the media collections and perhaps most importantly an open room for the urban life of Bordeaux to flow through and engage with the arts.