Chapman Taylor designing UNIC shopping centre regeneration in Chisinau, Moldova.

Chapman Taylor is designing the phased redevelopment and extension of UNIC shopping centre in Chisinau, Moldova, including the regeneration of the adjacent public square.

Proposed façade upgrade

Phase 1A, which is currently under development, creates a new mall in the existing lower shopping level, connecting via a new escalator to the upper shopping level. The lower shopping level is also being extended, while a new car park is being developed at the front of the building. The upper shopping level will host a range of new F&B offers to encourage people to dwell longer.

Phase 1B of the project will also modernise the public square in front of the centre, providing a vibrant, open space for visitors and local residents to enjoy, as well as creating a new venue for events and pop-up offers. In addition, a new extension to the lower shopping level will be created at the front of the centre.

The existing centre and design proposal

The renewal of the plaza will ensure the better integration of the shopping centre with the wider urban fabric and create the opportunity for social and commercial activity late into the evening.

A second phase, designed for implementation after a number of years, will redevelop all shopping levels in the existing building while delivering an attractive new façade, a top floor extension to house a new food court and its external terraces, a new office tower and a new underground car park.

The existing centre and design proposal

The project is being designed for FPC Rogob SRL by our Düsseldorf studio, with the phased strategy developed in cooperation with retail consultant Nigel Young M.I.P.A.

Our Düsseldorf team has award-winning experience in transforming the look and feel of urban spaces with commercial functions to create socially and economically successful environments which act as a catalyst for further regeneration. The studio was behind the City Plaza urban renewal project in Wuppertal, Germany, which won the prestigious MAPIC Award for “Best Retail City Centre Regeneration” in November 2019.

Proposed new landscaping

Ruprecht Melder (Dipl Ing Architekt (Univ))

Group Board Director, Düsseldorf

Ruprecht is responsible for leading the design and delivery of major workplace, retail, and mixed-use projects in our Düsseldorf studio.

He has established the role of 'General Planner' within the Düsseldorf studio and has successfully led General Planner teams on several large-scale projects and is dedicated to delivering high-quality architecture to our clients.

Ruprecht joined Chapman Taylor in 1995. After joining the Düsseldorf management board as a Prokurist in 2008, he became joint Managing Director in 2013 to support the growth of our German business and continues to oversee project work in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Slovenia. He joined the Group Board in 2021.

Areas of expertise:

General Planner / Retail / Mixed-use / Workplace

Ruprecht ist seit 1995 bei Chapman Taylor und ist verantwortlich für die Konzeption und Durchführung von Einzelhandels-, Büro- und Mixed-Use-Projekten in unserem Büro in Düsseldorf.

Im Jahr 2008 wurde Ruprecht Melder als Prokurist Teil der Geschäftsführung und ist seit 2013 als Geschäftsführer für die Leitung und die Entwicklung des Düsseldorfer Standortes zuständig. 2021 wurde er in den Vorstand von Chapman Taylor berufen.

Ein weiterer Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt ist die des Generalplaners. Diesen Aufgabenbereich hat Ruprecht im deutschen Büro etabliert und hat sich als Leiter von Generalplanungs-Teams bei Großprojekten erfolgreich bewährt.


Generalplanung / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use / Bürobau

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