The creative city

Located centrally in Montpellier, the Creative City will be the first combined district for young urban activities dedicated to creative industries.

Entrepreneurship, living, and creating in the Creative City!

The Creative City will be located centrally in Montpellier on the site of the former Infantry School (EAI). With its first occupants arriving in 2018, the Creative City will be the first combined district for young urban activities dedicated to creative industries, offering 35,000 sq. meters of tertiary and commercial space and 2,500 apartments. Designed by the Dutch architecture firm West 8, the new district will leverage existing buildings as part of its identity, including the former military barracks, exercise field, and Montcalm Park, which will become a 20-ha urban park.
Led by Illusion & Macadam, an industry reference for its assistance work, this innovative concept matches today’s international trend for third spaces, a new type of place for encounters and creativity
Valérie Chaillou, Chargée de mission filières technologies de l'information.

Economic Development and Employment Department

Valérie Chaillou

Mission Manager, Information Technologies Sector


La Cité Créative, ce sera : 40 hectares d'aménagements dont 35 000 m² d’activités tertiaires.
A third-space for creative entrepreneurs
Services will be available for companies, including a creative third space and shared equipment such as sound and motion capture studios, a projection room, and more.
Située sur l’ancien site de l’Ecole d’Application de l’Infanterie (EAI), la Cité Créative intègrera un campus porté par le groupe Icônes. © Esma
A campus with an international outlook: 4 schools in one
The Creative City will include a campus led by the Icônes Group. A total of 1,400 students will be able to attend training programs offered by four schools in applied arts, graphic design, animation cinema, and special effects.
Personalized professional property solutions : "La Halle Tropisme"
Companies of all sizes will be able to participate in the Creative City via an offering of professional space ranging from a single 100 sq. meter office to enough space for an entire headquarters (3,500 sq. meters, sub-dividable).
40 ha

of surface area

including 35,000 m2 meters for tertiary activities


with international ambitions, starting in 2020
4,000 m2


to accommodate between 150 and 200 entrepreneurs