Spotlight on Chapman Taylor’s daring Russian and central Asian projects

Chapman Taylor’s Moscow studio has been involved in some of the most striking development schemes that Russia and the central Asian region have ever seen. Projects have ranged from landmark retail projects to huge residential masterplans and world-class theme parks. Chapman Taylor has become established as a leading design practice in Russia and the CIS countries, well known for creating successful and popular developments.

Here we will examine some of the key projects upon which Chapman Taylor has recently been working, including some extraordinary developments which are soon to be completed.

Dream Island, Moscow, Russia

The redevelopment of the Soviet-era Nagatino Park in central Moscow, Dream Island is designed as the first large-scale leisure destination in Russia, expected to be visited by over four million people annually. 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, which is due to complete in 2018. 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.

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 studio is responsible for concept and scheme design, with the development due to open in 2019.

Mega Silk Way, Astana, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s largest shopping centre, Mega Silk Way is the gateway development to the EXPO 2017 site. Containing the country’s most extensive range of shopping and entertainment facilities, the 140,000m² GBA scheme includes 210 shops, 24 restaurants, a food court, a 10-screen multiplex cinema (including an IMAX screen) and children’s entertainment areas, all served by 2,300 car parking spaces. Mega Silk Way provided a major route between Nazarbayev University and the EXPO 2017 site, and will remain as a legacy symbol of EXPO after it ends. The complex is Astana’s major family attraction.

Chapman Taylor acted as lead architect on Mega Silk Way. The development was jointly-opened by President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan in March 2017.

Hotel Almaty, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Hotel Almaty was built in the severe modernist style common in the 1960s Soviet Union, and became a well-known landmark in the Kazakh city – even appearing on banknotes. Poor finishing led to the building requiring renovation in the 1970s, with cheaper materials used, followed by larger-scale changes in the 1990s. In 2014, Chapman Taylor was asked to plan a reconstruction of the hotel in a way which allowed “the return of the historical appearance”.

Work began in 2017, with old balconies, including their inappropriate blue plastic fencing, and windows replaced – enhancing the spectacular views across the city and to the mountains. The exterior renovation aims to give the building a new face in keeping with the architectural history of the hotel, in a manner appropriate for the 21st century.

Europa and Central Park shopping centres, Kursk, Russia

The Europa and Central Park shopping centres, with a combined area of 180 000 m² GBA, are located next to each other in Kursk, creating a major retail and entertainment destination in the central region of Russia. At over 40,000m² GLA and with 100 commercial units, of which 96% were let on opening day by regional and international tenants, Europa’s core retail spaces are spread over three levels primarily organised around a curved mall running between two circular atriums. Above this, a fourth mall level set under a gracefully curving grid-shell roof consists of a food court, a major restaurant and supporting leisure operations.

The 137,000m² GBA Central Park development provides 200 retail and leisure outlets, bringing many new retail brands to this part of Russia, including Mango, Zara, Levi’s and Gloria Jeans. The retail mix on offer is supplemented by a large food market, restaurants, cafés and bars and an eight-screen cinema with IMAX 3D. There is also a four-storey LED screen and a large feature fountain, as well as two basement parking levels for 1,200 cars. 20,000m² is given over to Play Ventura, one of the largest entertainment complexes in Russia, with six themed rooms for children’s parties and entertainment events. The roof hosts a landscaped space for summer swimming and winter ice skating, as well as pavilions and F&B offerings. 

Chapman Taylor developed the architecture and interior design for Europa, which opened in 2014. Central Park is based on Chapman Taylor's concept design, and opened in December 2017. Europa won “Best Small Shopping Centre” and Central Park won “Best Super-regional Shopping Centre under construction” at the 2017 Russian Council of Shopping Centres (RCSC) Awards.

Almaty Business Centre, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Almaty Business Centre is a 20,000m² GFA, Class A office building conveniently located in the centre of Almaty. It is directly facing Al-Pharabi Avenue, the city’s main road, less than a kilometre from the popular Esentai complex, and 500 metres from the new financial district. The building is designed to be home to major banks and other businesses. In addition to its excellent links to major traffic routes, the building will also have dramatic views of the Almaty Mountains to the east of the city. Chapman Taylor’s concept design maximises the commercial potential of the site and provides a world-class workplace environment which is highly flexible, comfortable, attractive and full of natural light. 

I-Land Masterplan, Moscow, Russia

Planned as a modern Garden City in the heart of Moscow, I-Land fronts the River Moskva, close to the ‘Dream Island’ amusement park development set to open in 2018. The masterplan entails a 570,000m² residential-led, mixed-use development, designed to be one of the most attractive places to live and work in Moscow. Residential buildings of various sizes, heights and categories are arranged carefully around a diagonal main pedestrian route, a commercial street and riverside promenade. Key to creating a pleasant environment in which young Muscovites will live and work is the inclusion of all necessary amenities, such as a medical centre, schools, shops, and workplaces.

Chapman Taylor proposed the masterplan concept and set out urban and building parameters for future development.

Chapman Taylor is a leading practice of global architects and masterplanners, working in over 90 countries across the world. Our Moscow studio has considerable experience working on large-scale and challenging projects across Russia and the wider region, in all sectors from mixed-use, residential and hospitality to office, retail and leisure. As a highly skilled and creative design team, Chapman Taylor is committed to providing successful, sustainable and popular developments to create maximum value for our clients and maximum enjoyment for the whole community.


For more information, please contact:

Ramchandra Khatiwada
Director (Moscow)
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