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

Jens Siegfried (Dipl Ing Architekt (FH))

Director, Düsseldorf

Jens has completed a wide range of projects and has an established track record in the design of retail and mixed-use schemes in Germany and in the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Jens joined Chapman Taylor’s London studio in 1989 and was instrumental in Chapman Taylor’s expansion into European markets during the early 1990s.

He relocated to Germany in 2002 and is now joint Managing Director of Chapman Taylor’s Düsseldorf studio, where he is responsible for the continued development and growth of our German business.

Areas of expertise:

Concept design / Retail / Mixed-use

Jens ist seit 1989 bei Chapman Taylor und war in den 1990er Jahren maßgeblich an der internationalen Expansion des Büros in Europa beteiligt.

Mit der Gründung von Chapman Taylor Düsseldorf im Jahr 2002 übernahm er als Geschäftsführer die volle Verantwortung für die Weiterentwicklung und das Wachstum des deutschen Büros.

Er hat eine Vielzahl von Bauvorhaben in Deutschland, Zentral- und Osteuropa realisiert, sein Schwerpunkt liegt in der Planung von Einzelhandels – und Mixed-Use-Immobilien.

Schwerpunkte:

Konzeptentwurf / Einzelhandel / Mixed-Use

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