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)

Business Development, Madrid

Jorge has worked in design, development and client liaison roles on many mixed-use, retail, leisure, office, hospitality and residential schemes in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa.

Jorge is a Concept Designer working with the Spanish Feasibility team, and is also responsible for business development activities in Spain and Latin American countries. He is a regular speaker at various international property conferences.

Jorge has been with Chapman Taylor since 1995.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Retail / Leisure / Hospitality / Office / Mixed-Use / /Residential / Refurbishment / Interiors

Jorge se unió a Chapman Taylor en 1995 y ha trabajado tanto en diseño, como en el desarrollo de un gran número de proyectos de uso mixto, centros comerciales, de ocio, oficinas, hoteles y viviendas en Europa, América del Sur, Medio Oriente y África.

Jorge es un diseñador de conceptos trabajando junto al equipo de investigación creativa, siendo también el responsable de las actividades de desarrollo comercial en España y América Latina. Participa como orador habitual en conferencias internacionales de temática inmobiliaria.

Áreas de especialización:

Planes Directores / Comercial / Ocio / Residencial / Oficinas/ Rehabilitación e interiores

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