© Frans Parthesius


Within OMA's own masterplan for Euralille, we designed a building on a site separated from the station and the commercial centre by the railroad tracks. Congrexpo is 300 metres long and has a very diagrammatic organization, with three major components: Zenith, a 5,000-seat concert hall; Congress, a conference centre with three major auditoriums; and Expo, a 20,000m2 exposition hall. In the east-west direction, each of these components can be used independently, but openings between the components make it possible to use the building as a single entity on the north-south axis, to mix programs, to generate hybrids.