Chapman Taylor developing winning competition design for Galerías Metepec in Toluca, Mexico

Chapman Taylor is developing a design for a new retail, leisure and entertainment extension at Galerías Metepec in Toluca in Mexico after winning a design competition to transform the complex.

The winning competition design concept, inspired by the forests and volcanic mountain landscapes of the nearby Nevado de Toluca national park, will provide an innovative and memorable retail and leisure destination at an extended and renovated shopping centre in Toluca, south-west of Mexico City.

The reconfigured, 17,740m2 GLA centre will create a new architectural identity for the scheme while adding entertainment, leisure and F&B attraction to 14,800m2 of retail, providing an enhanced sense of experience for shoppers. The existing food court will be relocated to provide a 2,900m2, well-connected focal point which will attract people to its expanded and varied mix of provisions. A new parking structure will accommodate 4,500 cars.

The plan seamlessly blends the interior and exterior spaces, with leisure and entertainment linked by an intuitive circuit to the existing skating plaza and the green exterior leisure areas. The scheme creates a unified retail and leisure community which will encourage shoppers to dwell for longer while turning the centre into an all-day, all-evening family entertainment venue.

Chapman Taylor was already developing another winning competition design for a shopping and entertainment extension at Galerías Tabasco in the Mexican city of Villahermosa – a multi-layered, 43,000m2 GLA destination which includes a glazed retail and leisure dome surrounded by beautifully landscaped spaces for sport, children’s play and entertainment.

A sculptural, curved roof will envelop the domed space and provide a striking backdrop for the wide range of amenities on offer. A covered terrace under a spectacular marquee will provide a vibrant place to eat or just relax under the shade in a covered, open space. A cutting-edge cinema complex using the very latest audiovisual technology will provide visitors with another reason to stay late into the evening. The development will be served by 1,500 car parking spaces.

The new commercial, leisure and entertainment scheme will be connected to the existing, refurbished development by a new glazed bridge, and will be well integrated with the surrounding urban area.

Chapman Taylor created both of these winning competition design concepts for major retail development company Liverpool Group (El Puerto de Liverpool S.A.B. de C.V).

Jorge Alonso Rodríguez (MArch COOA)

Architect and Planner; Business Development, Madrid

Jorge is responsible for our business development strategy in Spain and Latin America and is a regular speaker at international real estate conferences on innovation, technology, society, the future and responsible design.

As an Architect and Planner, he is a member of the Madrid studio’s Creative Research team and a specialist in project design, having worked on the design and development of many mixed-use, retail, leisure, office, hotel and residential projects in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

Jorge joined Chapman Taylor in 1995, working in our London studio while studying at university in Spain. He has been a key influence on the growth and direction of our Madrid studio since 2004.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Urban Regeneration / Mixed-Use / Industrial / Modular construction / Client Liaison / PR & Communications


Jorge es el responsable de nuestra estrategia de expansión en España y Latinoamérica y es ponente habitual en congresos inmobiliarios internacionales sobre innovación, tecnología, sociedad, futuro y diseño responsable.

Como Arquitecto y Urbanista es miembro del equipo de Investigación Creativa (i+C) del estudio de Madrid y es especialista en diseño de proyectos habiendo trabajado en el diseño y desarrollo de muchos proyectos de uso mixto, retail, ocio, oficinas, hoteles y residenciales en Europa, América Latina, Oriente Medio y África.

Jorge se incorporó a Chapman Taylor en 1995, trabajando en nuestro estudio de Londres mientras estudiaba en la Universidad. Ha sido una influencia clave en el crecimiento y la dirección de nuestro estudio de Madrid desde 2004.

Áreas de especialización:

Planificación maestra / Regeneración urbana / Uso mixto / Industrial / Construcción modular / Relaciones Públicas y Comunicación

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