Chapman Taylor reinforces its Latin American presence

Chapman Taylor has been expanding its presence in Latin America, with several projects close to completion or underway in Colombia, Peru and Mexico. As industry-leading global architects and masterplanners, we are always on the lookout for new markets in Latin America in which to create award-winning and commercially successful buildings and places for our clients.  In this article, we will look at some of the developments which are helping to make Chapman Taylor an established name in the region.


Two 2 Towers, Santa Marta, Colombia

Two 2 Towers is an innovative architectural project consisting of two magnificent hospitality and residential towers based on a podium overlooking the Caribbean. The 56,000m² GBA building pays homage to its surrounding landscape by representing the image of a cruise ship in motion, with the bow towards the sea and sails in the wind. The exterior colour scheme is based on the blue of the Caribbean and the green of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The Blue Tower hosts 92 apartments and a rooftop swimming pool, squash courts, a sauna, a gym and kids’ areas in a landscaped space. The Green Tower contains 120 apartments and a suite, with a similar rooftop arrangement to the Blue Tower. The development includes a 100-room hotel, leisure premises, restaurants and recreational activities spread over 16 floors. The project uses sustainable and renewable design throughout. Chapman Taylor designed Two 2 Towers and oversaw architecture and interior design. The resort is now complete and ready for occupation.

PortoVela, Santa Marta, Colombia

The 9,000m² GBA Portovela residential and tourist hospitality project, for Constructora Jiménez, creates 46 exclusive apartments in an 18-storey tower, designed in the shape of a boat’s sail, located at Playa Salguero, in Santa Marta, Colombia. The development, only about 40 metres from the sea, contains a panoramic 18th floor swimming pool, a gym, a sauna and children’s areas.

The avant-garde design uses innovative models inspired by the versatility of minimalism, creating light and comfortable spaces to live in with excellent views of land and sea. Chapman Taylor provided the architectural and interior designs for this waterfront development.

Plaza Bocagrande, Cartagena, Colombia

This world-class, mixed-use complex in the hotel district of Cartagena, next to the Caribbean, provides a mix of residential, commercial and leisure spaces within a unique, film-inspired concept. The 119,00m² commercial area includes a shopping mall comprising 100 shops, a multiplex cinema, gym, food court, an amusement park and 19 restaurants, served by 300 parking spaces. The complex also includes the first Hyatt Regency hotel and convention centre in Colombia. It will include 261 rooms, 74 Hyatt Regency residences and 120 serviced apartments in the h2 condominium.

The design concept, both exterior and interior, is inspired by the important and famous international cinema festival that takes place every year in Cartagena. Chapman Taylor developed the façade of the podium and the interior design of the shopping centre, which was completed in 2015.

Parque Oeste, Cali, Colombia

Parque Oeste is an innovative, large-scale mixed-use project in Cali, a beautiful city in western Colombia near the foothills of the Cauca Valley. Located close to the university in the city centre, the scheme, which includes a shopping centre and offices, is designed and landscaped to merge seamlessly into its locality and respond to the river and the natural, green environment that characterises much of the city.

Chapman Taylor’s Madrid studio was appointed to provide architecture and interior design services for the 110,00m² project, which includes an office block, 186 retail units, a supermarket, a cinema, a children´s park and a food court alongside 5,000m2 of green spaces. The architecture takes advantage of the terraced valley location and draws inspiration from the local, rocky landscape as well as the city’s river.

CAN Building, Bogota, Colombia

Located in the heart of Bogota, this 100,000m², mixed-use development is our competition entry for an office-led building which will host 6,000 central government officials of the National Administrative Centre of Colombia (CAN). The building will also cater for 1,800 visitors, as well as providing retail and customer service offices. The Transition Building is part of an urban regeneration project called the ‘City CAN’ project, which will be the largest urban renewal project in the country. The CAN development covers 86 hectares of land and will become a strategic location, not only for the government, but also for the city in general. Chapman Taylor’s competition proposal was designed in collaboration with local partners Ambientti Construction and Real Estate Company.

San Antonio Golf Club & Villas, Anapoima, Colombia

This luxury mixed-use golf resort in the beautiful location of Anopoima contains a 4,000m² club with hotel service, a dining room, a café, a sports bar, a spa, swimming pools and convention space. 20 smart residential villas sit on large grounds with gardens and a pool, and a 40-room boutique hotel incorporates terraces and large doors and windows to allow guests to enjoy the stunning views. The entire development is designed sustainably and sensitively, complementing the natural beauty of the area.

Chapman Taylor worked with local partners Arquitectura en Estudio (AE) for Betel Capital Partners SAS on this beautiful residential and tourist development.


Camino Real, Lima, Peru

Camino Real shopping centre in San Isidro, one of Lima's prime commercial and residential zones, will be refurbished and extended to transform the existing centre and bring a modern retail, office and hospitality hub to Peru's capital. The extension and refurbishment, part of a wider city regeneration project, will include a three-floor department store, a food court, a hypermarket and a cineplex, served by seven floors of car parking. The reconfiguration will respect the district's history and urban environment while adding a contemporary flavour.

An adjacent plot of land will be used to create a brand new shopping centre, with four floors of retail set around a central atrium. A hotel will also be provided, and three office towers in the existing centre will be refurbished, bringing modern and high-quality workspace to the historical development. Chapman Taylor was invited by two of Latin America's leading retail developers to develop this concept design after winning an international design competition in 2014.


Kukulcán Plaza, Cancún, Mexico

This project involves the refurbishment of a prominent shopping centre, Kukulcán Plaza, in the heart of Mexico’s premier tourist destination, Cancún.  A joint venture between Grupo Promodesa, Fibra Shop and Groupo Frel, the renovation will include Espacio Latino (‘Latin Space’) – a space for Latin American retail brands and artists, as well as a gourmet zone offering the best food from across the region. Espacio Latino will house 70 new commercial premises, as well as a catwalk for fashion shows and art exhibitions.

Chapman Taylor’s worldwide experience in designing and remodelling shopping centres, as well as mixing retail together with other uses, was key to our being chosen to design the reconfiguration of Kukulcán Plaza. The refurbished centre offers a means of showcasing Latin American food, fashion, art and culture to the millions who visit Cancún each year. 

For more information, please contact:

Jorge Alonso 
Business Development (Madrid)  

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