Take a look at the new MEGA Alma-Ata food hall in Almaty, Kazakhstan

New images have been released of the Chapman Taylor-designed food hall at the MEGA Alma-Ata shopping and entertainment centre, which opened to the public in Almaty, Kazakhstan December 2019.

The food hall, one of the first in Kazakhstan, introduces a new blend of F&B offers to the country, with a mix of regional and international cuisines, fast food, cafés and traditional restaurants providing something for all tastes.

Our design for the new food hall is inspired by the characteristics of the yachts to be found on nearby lakes, incorporating uniquely Kazakh patterns and design features. The 4,300m2 space houses 46 brands across two levels, including popular names such as Pilaf in a Box, Dodo Pizza, Yuframe Burger, Hawker Chan and Leo’s. The food hall combines with an existing food court to provide shoppers at MEGA Alma-Ata with 10,000m2 of F&B space, which can accommodate up to 2,500 people.

The food hall is part of owner Astana Group's strategy of providing a wide range of experiences to attract people to the family-friendly destination and to encourage them to dwell. The wider centre was expanded in 2019, adding Kazakhstan’s largest cinema and a concert hall to the range of offers, with a family entertainment centre and a skating rink soon to open as well.

Chapman Taylor provided the concept and scheme designs for the new food hall at MEGA Alma-Ata. We previously undertook the layout planning and design of the second phase of MEGA Alma-Ata, Mega 2, which opened in 2013, from concept through to tender stage, also overseeing construction works on site.

Chapman Taylor has extensive experience of cutting and carving F&B and leisure space into retail schemes in order to create a more varied experience for visitors.

Design concept

Ramchandra Khatiwada (MSc(Arch) RIBA)

Director, Moscow

A fluent Russian speaker with excellent knowledge of the Russian design and planning system, Ramchandra (Ram) has worked on large-scale retail, residential and mixed-use schemes in Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other CIS countries.

Ram joined Chapman Taylor in 1999. He was appointed as the Director responsible for our Russian business in 2006 and played a key role in opening our Moscow studio in 2007.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Mixed-use / Transportation / Residential

Рамчандра (Рам) стал частью команды Chapman Taylor в 1999 году. В 2006 году он был назначен на должность директора, ответственного за развитие бизнеса на российском рынке. В 2007 году Рам сыграл ключевую роль в открытии офиса компании в Москве.

Рам свободно говорит на русском языке и отлично знаком с особенностями российского проектирования и системы планирования. На протяжении многих лет Рам успешно реализует широкомасштабные проекты торговых объектов и многофункциональных комплексов в России, Казахстане и других странах СНГ.

Область специализации:

Проектирование торговых объектов/многофункциональных комплексов/ транспортных систем

Jon Grant (BA(Hons) Interior Architecture)

Director, London

Joining our London studio in July 2017, Jon has returned to the UK from running our Bangkok studio. When he was in Asia, Jon worked on both Architectural and Interior design commissions across the region in China, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia.

Jon has over 15 years’ experience working in Asia with design expertise in high-end interior design projects across the hospitality, F&B, residential and retail sectors.

Areas of expertise:

Interior Design / Architecture / Retail / F&B / Hospitality / Residential

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