"Metz Congress Robert Schuman is located in a fast-changing neighborhood, facing the Pompidou-Metz Center, and close to the main train station. This multipurpose building is linked to the new district of the Amphitheater and the historic center of Metz. It includes a ground floor, a parvis-level floor, two superior levels and a mezzanine. Each level offers a visible flow with corridors, allowing users to enjoy panoramic views over the city. The center is organized into two areas: zones that hosts exhibitions are on the north, while the 1,200-seat auditorium and rooms dedicated to the technical operations are located on the south side.
The design of the congress center is a contemporary interpretation of Metz’ built heritage, through an original composition around light and a symbol of Moselle’s architecture: the local Jaumont limestone. The building is embellished with a curtain sculpted from stone, whose silhouette evolves throughout the day with the movement of the sun. This cladding made of a grid combining opacity and transparency creates a play of light and shade inside the building, reminiscent of the St Étienne’s cathedral. From the outside, it gives the building a monolithic appearance in the daytime while it seems to be dematerializing at night.
Metz Congress Robert Schuman is the first congress center in France that meets HQE (High Environmental Quality) standards.
Access, modularity, optimal organization of flow, or adaptability of equipment... Metz Congress Robert aims to be an attractive landmark of the Metropole of Metz and a new catalyst of its development.
Surface area: 15,300 sqm Construction: January 2016 – July 2018 Timelapse video: https://vimeo.com/304573558"
Credits: Scène, Artelia, ENT Design, Neveux-Rouyer, Quadriplus, Peutz & Associés