European International Trade Centre Lorraine, ITEC

ITEC France, Trade Centre Building, Lorraine Architecture, French Project, Architect

European International Trade Centre Terra Lorraine, France : ITEC

French Building – design by McAdam Architects

27 Nov 2012

European International Trade Centre

Location: Lorraine, north east France

Design: McAdam Architects

McAdam unveils plans for gigantic Chinese Trading & Expo Centre in Northern France

The European International Trade Centre Terra Lorraine (ITEC) is a 6 million sqm retail and logistics complex strategically located on a 130 hectare brown field site at Illange in Lorraine region, at the borders of Germany and Luxembourg, with 50 million potential customers within 200km.

European International Trade Centre Terra Lorraine
image from architects

The trading city will comprise up to 3 million sqm of flexible retail space including 4 expo halls of 250,000sqm, hotels and accommodation for 40,000 visitors and staff, 500,000sqm of logistic storage, and a new customs clearance terminal. A new passenger railway and goods rail connections are planned.

The main volume, designed over 8 levels is split into four zones, each with a large central courtyard space, which acts as an entrance and orientation point to the complex. Recreational spaces and functions are to be provided for the thousands of visitors expected.

A series of hotels, staff accommodation and office buildings are positioned as stand-alone buildings around the perimeter of the main volume and there is a 50 hectare landscape garden on the roof.

Access to the trading centre is mainly to be provided by a rail shuttle service connecting to mainline station in Metz at 15min intervals.

Internally, customer movement in the retail space is enabled by a sophisticated arrangement of escalators and horizontal travelators, and there will be a dedicated GPS system for locating retail outlets.

The general strategy for the development has been given the go-ahead by the General Council of Moselle and is presently in planning process.

The project, secretly in the making for the last 2 years has the been commissioned by the International Investment Fund Comex Holdings in cooperation with a number of Chinese organizations.

James McAdam of McAdam Architets, says:“It is a rather unusual project and has revealed how global economics are working in real estate today, whether we like it or not, it is perhaps the way these mega retail developments will go in the future.

European International Trade Centre information / images received from McAdam Architects

McAdam Architects


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.




French Architecture – Selection

Musée des Beaux-arts Rheims, northeast France
David Chipperfield Architects
Musée des Beaux-arts Rheims
image © David Chipperfield Architects

Aqua Leisure Center in Val de Scarpe, Arras, north east France
Design: SAREA Alain Sarfati Architecture
Arras Aquatic Center Building
photo © ADAGP photographe Noelle Hoeppe

Pierre Vives Project
Zaha Hadid
Montpellier building
picture from ZHA




French Architect Studios

Paris Architecture

The Ring of Remembrance
Design: Agence d’architecture Philippe Prost
The Ring of Remembrance
photograph : Aitor Ortiz

The Ring of Remembrance memorial in Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

French Housing

European Parliament Strasbourg

French Buildings

Comments / photos for the European International Trade CentreFrench Architecture page welcome

European International Trade Centre

Website: Lorraine