Chapman Taylor’s extraordinary Leisure portfolio

Chapman Taylor has been involved in designing some of the world’s most incredible leisure projects recently, including some schemes on a jaw-dropping scale and others making full use of state-of-the-art technology. From awe-inspiring theme parks to exciting cinemas and mixed-use entertainment areas, our Leisure team has been involved in the creation of some incredible projects. Here are some of those projects:

Opening this year

Global 100, Hainan China

Global 100 is a huge mixed-use, leisure, retail, hospitality and residential scheme in Hainan, in southern China. The theme park component is designed to rival existing globally famous attractions offered by Disney and other entertainment industry leaders. It consists of six themed villages, each influenced by international film-making attractions from China and Europe.

Chapman Taylor developed the masterplan for Global 100, as well as providing the concept and architectural designs for the English and Chinese villages. Phase one of the theme park is due to open in spring 2018.

Global 100

Baku Entertainment Centre, Kazakhstan

Located on land reclaimed from the Caspian Sea, Baku Entertainment Centre will be a 120,000m² entertainment, leisure and dining destination over five floors. A central ‘flame’ tower completes eight angled glass façades inspired by the eight-pointed star on Azerbaijan’s national emblem. Chapman Taylor designed the original building as a congress centre in 2007, and now the building is being repurposed to include entertainment, leisure, F&B and retail facilities.

Chapman Taylor’s London office was appointed to provide the interior design services in 2017, with the complex on course to open in 2018.

Baku Entertainment Centre

Dream Island, Moscow, Russia

In addition to a large indoor amusement park, the river-fronted scheme provides a regional shopping centre, outdoor leisure facilities, an IMAX cinema, a 400-key, 4-star hotel, a 3,500-seat concert hall, a yacht club and many F&B facilities.

Chapman Taylor provided the masterplan and concept design for this project. The development is currently being constructed with full support from both the government and the public, with opening scheduled for this year. Dream Island won “Best Leisure Development” at the 2017 European Property Awards.

Dream Island

Just completed

Reel Cinemas Complex, Dubai Mall, UAE

This flagship 27-screen complex includes a Dolby Cinema (the world’s foremost premium large-format cinema), a Platinum VIP Cinema, a Barco Escape Cinema (an immersive cinema format where the movie is projected onto three screens), an MX4D motion cinema and a dining cinema with a leading celebrity chef. There are also a number of specialist F&B outlets located within the cinema, where you can sit and relax and upload your comments to the enormous Twitter wall in the lobby.

The cinema is the world’s first to be fitted in every theatre with RGB laser projectors and Dolby Atmos sound systems, delivering the best possible picture and sound presentation. It also includes the world’s first fully automated online order and pick-up purchasing system within a cinema, allowing customers more time to enjoy the full experience on offer. The latest LED and OLED display technologies are used throughout the cinema. An enormous LED screen is positioned in the lobby, with curved LED panels throughout the complex. Phase one opened in November 2017.

Reel Cinemas Complex

Vanke Mall Sport Zone, Shanghai, China

Vanke Mall Sport Zone is an entertainment-led project located at the top of Vanke Mall shopping centre in the Qibao district of Shanghai. The 5,000m² area includes an NBA basketball half-court, a suspended roller-skating track, and a ‘9A’ climbing wall. The facilities are surrounded by major sports brand tenants such as Nike and Adidas as well as healthy F&B offers. Other tenants include a gym, a bowling alley and several more sports equipment retailers. The mix of tenants operating in this space makes Vanke Mall Sport Zone a comprehensive sports and entertainment destination in Shanghai.

The project won “Best Commercial Space” at the 2017 China Kinpan Awards, having previously won a Gold Award for “New Retail Design” at the 2017 ICSC China Retail Summit in Shanghai.

Vanke Mall Sport Zone

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a landmark in Bangkok, asked Chapman Taylor to renovate and redesign their luxury spa (along with other key areas of the hotel). The spa redesign renovated the exterior entrance, added two new facial treatment rooms and updated the Royal Suite. Existing treatment rooms were redesigned, a 25m² relaxation area added, back-of-house areas relocated and public areas renovated. The design was influenced by the hotel’s colonial-era style, drawing strong references from the region and adding some traditional upcountry Thai touches.

Chapman Taylor was lead designer on the spa reconfiguration, as well as on the hotel's Ciao Terrazza Restaurant and its retail boutique.The 410m² spa was completed and reopened in 2017.

Marina Mall Cinemas, Dubai, UAE

Chapman Taylor’s Dubai and London studios were involved in designing these state-of-the-art cinemas - the first Dolby Cinema in the United Arab Emirates and a Barco Escape Cinema.

Dolby Cinema is a premium offering for moviegoers which combines spectacular image and sound technologies with inspired design to deliver the total cinema experience – making every visit a captivating cinematic journey. Meanwhile, Barco Escape Cinema is a premium offering for moviegoers which presents the movie over three screens, giving a totally immersive experience.  Barco Escape harnesses the power of 3x DCI Barco Series II projectors and Barco Alchemy processing to deliver a compelling new way to experience the cinema. 

Marina Mall Cinemas

Cineworld Wandsworth, London, UK

Providing a revolutionary cinematic experience which stimulates all five senses, London's first 4DX cinema includes high-tech motion seats and special effects including wind, fog, lightning, bubbles, water, rain and scents, in both 2D and 3D formats. Cineworld Wandsworth also includes the first large-format cinema ‘Superscreen’ in London, complete with 4K Dual projectors and an immersive sound system from Dolby ATMOS.

The 14-screen Cineworld Wandsworth renovation was completed in 2017, providing London with a new and transformative cinematic experience.

​Cineworld Wandsworth

Mall of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

Officially opened in April 2017, the award-winning Mall of Qatar in Doha has an estimated 20 million visitors per year. At the mall’s core is a stunning, landscaped 30-metre-high atrium looking on to a 360 degree, custom-developed revolving and multi-lift stage, which is host to a 50-strong in-house theatre group performing all year round. With over 500 shops and 100 F&B outlets, a 19-screen cinema with the largest IMAX Laser 3D projection system in the world, a 10-lane bowling alley and a family entertainment centre, the complex offers a world-class range of retail and leisure options.

Chapman Taylor’s Madrid studio was lead designer on the Mall of Qatar, designing both the architecture and interiors. The development, the size of 50 FIFA football pitches, won the ‘International Retail and Leisure Destination’ award for 2017 at the Global RLI Awards.

Mall of Qatar

Still to come

Lørenskog Winter Village, Norway

centre for skis and equipment, service rooms for clubs and teams, classrooms and offices, as well as commercial premises and a sports academy for Norwegian ski sports.

Chapman Taylor designed the masterplan in collaboration with the renowned Norwegian architect Prof. Thomas Thiis-Evensen. The complex is due to complete in 2019.

Lørenskog Winter Village

Mui Dinh Ecopark, Mui Dinh, Vietnam

Intended as an unrivalled hospitality led mixed-use 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, masterplanned by Chapman Taylor, for Mui Dinh.

Mui Dinh Ecopark

Grozny Mall & Kausar Park, Grozny, Russia

Grozny Mall is the largest shopping mall in the south of Russia, bringing together retail brands within a 132,000m² development. A hypermarket, food court and restaurants will complement the retail offering, while leisure facilities will include an IMAX cinema and a children’s entertainment area. Underground parking will provide space for 1,200 cars. It is anticipated that Grozny Mall will create 2,000 new jobs upon completion. Kausar Park covers approximately 20 hectares, and includes a riverside, an amphitheatre, pavilions, a Ferris wheel and kids’ entertainment features.

Chapman Taylor’s Moscow design studio is responsible for the scheme’s design, with the development due to open in 2019.

Grozny Mall & Kausar Park

Chapman Taylor is experienced in designing a wide range of leisure projects worldwide. Our understanding of what adds value to the customer experience is essential in creating high-quality, functional and exciting environments for people to enjoy.


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