Chapman Taylor’s growing profile in Asia

Chapman Taylor had another great year for award-winning, commercially successful projects across Asia in 2017. Our Shanghai, Bangkok and New Delhi studios each won prestigious awards for landmark developments, further emphasising the growing recognition of Chapman Taylor’s work in Asian property markets. In this article, we look at some of those projects, as well as at recently completed and soon-to-complete projects across the region.

Winning recognition across the continent

Among the award-winning schemes produced by our Asian teams last year were the following:

Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar, Bangkok, Thailand

Riedel Wine Bar & Cellar in Bangkok won the 2017 ICSC Asia-Pacific Gold Award for Excellence in the ‘Retail Concepts’ category. Set in one of Bangkok’s long-standing luxury malls, this high-profile project is a destination which balances functionality, Riedel brand-heritage and high-quality design. The design of the retail stores previously won the 2014 award for Best Leisure Interiors in Thailand at the International Property Awards, Asia.

Jiangnan Global Harbor, Changzhou, China

The breathtaking Jiangnan Global Harbor leisure and entertainment complex in Changzhou, China, won the prestigious 2017 International Property Awards (Asia-Pacific) for ‘Best Retail Architecture’ and ‘Best Mixed-Use Interior, China’. The 500,000m² development is one of the largest retail and leisure schemes in the world, hosting an impressive series of classically themed malls and atriums as well as offices and a themed hotel tower.

Our Shanghai, Bangkok and New Delhi studios each won prestigious awards for landmark developments

East Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, India

This large, mixed-use ‘Smart City’ contains 4,700 apartments and 110,000m² of office space, with environmental sustainability at the heart of the design. Chapman Taylor is responsible for the masterplanning, design and implementation of this 1,350,000m² GBA project. The scheme won a 5-star award for ‘Best Public Service Architecture in India’ at the 2017-18 International Asia-Pacific Property Awards. East Kidwai Nagar has also been included in the Indian government’s ‘Smart City Guidelines’, and the Indian government showcased the project at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.

Mandarin Oriental Retail Stores, Thailand

The Mandarin Oriental Retail Stores design was awarded a Diploma and Commendation in the ICSC Asia-Pacific Shopping Centre ‘Retail Concepts’ award category, 2017. At the forefront of the Mandarin Oriental’s new retail strategy, four Mandarin Oriental retail and F&B shops ranging in size from 75m² to 180m² have been created in four shopping malls. Chapman Taylor acted as interior designer on the project. The design of the retail stores for Mandarin Oriental also won the 2014 award for Best Leisure Interiors in Thailand at the International Property Awards, Asia.

Athena, Gurgaon, India

Athena, a mixed retail, leisure and office destination in Gurgaon, India was given a 5-star award at the International Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2017-18 for ‘Best Mixed Use Architecture in India’. The scheme, conveniently located near the main NH8 highway, includes high-end retail, food courts, leisure options, commercial office space, generous car parking facilities and two vibrant open plazas offering further entertainment.

Opened recently…

Bestech HQ, Gurgaon, India

The Bestech HQ building won the prestigious 2015 International Property Award for Best Office Architecture in the Asia Pacific region. This attractive and striking new home for the Bestech group is designed in an abstracted form of an unfolded lotus flower. With sustainability at the heart of design principles, the scheme is to be awarded Platinum LEED certification.

Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, Shanghai, China

Shanghai No. 1 Department Store, once the largest in the Far East, was opened in 1934, and our renovation scheme is designed to reimagine the famous store while restoring it to its former glory. The old department store and two adjacent buildings total 110,000m² in retail space. The first phase, involving the restoration of the old store and the adjacent building, added later, opened in December 2017. A new addition, the renovated former Oriental shopping centre across the road, will be linked to the rest of the store by a sky-bridge, and will open in February 2018.

Coming in 2018…

Chapman Taylor is currently working on projects across several property sectors in a number of Asian countries – from the Arabian Peninsula and the central Asian republics to the Indian sub-continent, south-east Asia and China. Among the many developments which are soon to complete are:

Global 100, Hainan, China

A 400 hectare, mixed-use site containing a spectacular 170 hectare theme park hosting attractions influenced by international film-making from Europe, China and America, as well as retail, hospitality and residential provision. Also included are bespoke film and television studios and production facilities. Phase one is due to open in spring 2018.

The Cove, Koh Phangan, Thailand

With a design concept inspired by the area’s unique natural and cultural surroundings, The Cove aims to capture the relaxed way of life to be found on Koh Phangan – a simple lifestyle which centres on what is essential. Five luxury residences are provided within 3,000m² of landscaped grounds, each reflecting a calm, relaxing and minimalist approach to life. The architecture and interior design incorporate subtle details which pay homage to local culture and the surrounding environment.

From the Arabian Peninsula and the central Asian republics to the Indian sub-continent, south-east Asia and China

Bay Villas, Koh Phangan, Thailand

Bay Villas is a residential development set on a lush hillside on the island of Koh Phangan. Carefully masterplanned to give each villa unobstructed sunset sea views, the development blends harmoniously with its tropical surroundings. Each residence offers either 233m² and 433m² GBA of combined indoor and outdoor space. The design is centred on the breathtaking views, with a private infinity-edge swimming pool and a sunken outdoor lounge maximising the experience.

Buji MixC, Shenzhen, China

The Buji MixC is a 120,000m² shopping mall aimed at young people and families in Shenzhen, providing differing retail environments and tenant groups to attract shoppers from diverse demographics while adhering to the high quality, continuity and detail standards of CRL. Brand names include Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Cartier. There is also Shenzhen's largest cinema, an Olympic-standard ice skating rink, a 20,000m² department store, a supermarket for imported products and a substantial F&B offering. Chapman Taylor is providing interior design services to bring the shopping centre up to the very latest and highest standards.

Looking to the future...

Dennis Juizhou City, Luoyang, China

A large residential project in Luoyang, in the western Henan province of central China, Dennis Juizhou City also includes a 230,000m² shopping centre, a shopping street as well as offices, a business centre and a hotel. Phase one of the 1,600,000m² GBA masterplan, launched in April 2015, is a 570,000m² residential area (the total residential provision will be over 1,000,000m² on completion). The second phase is ongoing.

Chapman Taylor has extensive knowledge and experience of Asian property markets across building sectors

Mui Dinh Ecopark, Mui Dinh, Vietnam

Intended as an unrivalled hospitality led mixeduse development in Asia, the masterplan is inspired by the rich local history of Mui Dinh. Six resort hotels and a boutique hotel provide a total of 7,000 rooms, with an additional 500 ocean-facing mountain villas. All the residents will have access to many leisure facilities, including a theme park, a casino, a beach club and a mountain clubhouse. The Vietnamese government has recently approved the urban plan for Mui Dinh, which Chapman Taylor masterplanned and is working on with local architects VO GIA.

Chapman Taylor has extensive knowledge and experience of Asian property markets across building sectors, with a track record of creating award-winning and commercially successful places and spaces. We aim to grow our portfolio of development projects, consolidating our market-leading position in the countries in which we operate while opening up new markets where we see commercial opportunities for our clients.

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