The first stone of the Airbus Group University Campus, was laid on Tuesday 19 May at Toulouse Blagnac in the presence of Thomas Enders, chairman of the Airbus Group. This started the construction of this new facility, which is destined to draw the group’s top managers from all over the world, who will be trained in a campus that houses a hotel with 150 rooms, a restaurant, training and office areas, as well as a conference centre for 700 people. 

Placed in a huge airport area, right by the plant where the A380 is assembled and by the Aeroscopia museum, the project aims to create a compound that is consistent with the place, and to forge the cultural identity of this international group via functional and memorable architecture.

The three units of the programme, which are treated in a very understated manner as a tribute to the world of industrial aviation, are united around a central square with a diameter of 80 metres, which is equipped with a circular passageway. The curved façade covered in a white metal cladding is treated as a sculpture that embodies the air flow around aeroplane wings. Another memorable element is the 35-metre tower housing the hotel, which will be visible from the entire Toulouse Blagnac site.

The campus will be completed in 2016.

Associate Architect: Calvo Tran Van