The MECA houses the regional cultural agencies dedicated to the performing arts, literature, and film, as well as the FRAC (Regional Contemporary Art Fund) of New Aquitaine. It is the region’s new House of the creative and cultural economy.
MECA, ONE OF BORDEAUX’S MOST BEAUTIFUL PANORAMAS.
The MECA building is an extraordinary work of art, designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Located on the Quai de Paludate, this 37-metre high building features an open-air terrace boasting one of the city’s most impressive panoramas. This 850-sqm terrace extends over a section of the building’s rooftop. Open to the public and free of charge, it offers unique views of Bordeaux and its river.
AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE
Though this new cultural totem is first and foremost intended for professionals, the general public can walk across its dedicated outdoor space, or discover the panoramic rooftop terrace and its café-restaurant.
At the heart of the Méca’s arch, the “urban room” is a calm space to stroll across and while admiring the river. This particular viewpoint offers splendid views of the pebble-shaped Arkéa Arena across the river designed by Rudy Ricciotti. From this vast panoramic square, you can even contemplate the Meca’s interior thanks to an inclined mirror. Like a giant periscope, it offers a permanent view of the agora below.
LE CREM, A SLOW FOOD RESTAURANT OPEN TO ALL
The CREM is the MECA’s café-restaurant. Its mission is to provide all the people present within the MECA’s different agencies (cultural professionals, artists, and visitors) with a pleasant place to meet. It’s hard for anyone not to stop by the café-restaurant before heading off to work upstairs. Offering both eat-in or take away eating options, the CREM promotes and supports the Slow Food ® movement and its values: “good, clean, and fair food.”
From the morning coffee to the 6 pm after-work or dinner, the CREM offers seasonal cuisine, consistent with eco-responsible values. It favours local suppliers and products from organic or sustainable agriculture, all at affordable prices. The CREM is open seven days a week, lunch and dinner.
The CREM strives to renew its à la carte menu each season. It also offers a weekly menu, a daily menu, a takeaway menu, as well as a monthly themed menu echoing current cultural news and events.
THE FRAC, AN EXHIBITION SPACE
The Frac boasts 1,200 sqm of exhibition space and 900 sqm of storage space, as well as a room dedicated to the artistic practice of schoolchildren, a documentation and digital resource centre, and a 90-seat auditorium...
The Frac organises temporary exhibitions, workshops, conferences: view the full programme on fracnouvelleaquitaine-meca.fr/
The MÉCAVisit the website
- Open all year round 2020
- From 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
- Closed on Monday
- From Tuesday to Saturday and every 1st Sunday of the month from 1pm to 6.30pm; closed on public holidays.
- Night every 3rd Thursday of the month until 9 pm.
The CREMVisit the website
Café restaurant at the Méca
- Ground floor
- 56 covers
- Opening hours: the restaurant provides continuous service from 8 am to 11 pm.
The FRACRead more by IDEAT
The Regional Contemporary Art Fund
- From Tuesday to Saturday and the 1st Sunday of the month from 1 pm to 6.30 pm;
- Open until 9 pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
- Pay as you feel (1€ minimum)
- Entrance is free every 1st Sunday of the month.
How to get thereSee on the map
Parvis Corto Maltese, Quai de Paludate, 33800 Bordeaux