Chapman Taylor was founded in London in 1959 and is one of the most successful internationally active architectural practices in Europe. With experience in every major industry sector, the Düsseldorf office of Chapman Taylor Architektur + Städtebau Planungsgesellschaft mbH specialises in urban integration and creating vibrant mixed-use environments that blend seamlessly into their surroundings.
Trade and commerce have been shaping our urban centres for centuries. Over time, the aims of urban planners and the reality of retail formats have increasingly diverged; a development that has come into increasingly sharp focus given the triumphant march of introverted, monofunctional shopping malls in city centres over the last three decades.
Given the noticeable structural changes that have gripped the retail sector for years now – demographic transitions, changing lifestyles and the unstoppable, double-digit, year-on-year growth of ecommerce – the retail sector is facing a range of existential challenges. Shopping centres, in particular, are having to increasingly reinvent themselves. While every second book is now bought online, people are spending money on food and going out to eat more than ever before – lifestyles are changing. And because everything is available all the time, consumers and shoppers are looking for something unique, from trendy shops and hip bars to the ultimate in experiential dining.
“Our current projects, which include City Plaza in Wuppertal, the planned Fünfgassen urban quarter development in Wiesbaden and the Plaza Grafinger Straße in Munich’s Werksviertel district are all prime examples of urban integration, diversity of use and openness to the surrounding urban environment”, emphasises Jens Siegfried, Managing Director of Chapman Taylor Architektur + Städtebau, “These are all architecturally distinct developments, designed specifically to take advantage of the unique features of their locations. Our developments not only fulfil their immediate purpose; they have a positive impact on the future development of each city centre as a whole”.
As the gateway to Wuppertal city centre, City Plaza is at the heart of an extensive urban development project that redefines and reshapes the cityscape and creates a fascinating, three-way dialogue with the newly designed train station and station forecourt and the listed, classicist architecture of the former Federal Railway Directorate. The redesigned Döppersberg district is another major catalyst for the future development of the city at this major inner-city transport hub, which is used by tens of thousands of bus, train and suspension monorail passengers every single day.
After winning the 2016 POLIS Award in the “Regenerated Town Centres” category, City Plaza received the European Property Award 2019/2020 for “Best Retail Architecture in Germany” and the MAPIC Award for “Best Retail City Centre Regeneration”. “The MAPIC Award is one of the most prestigious honours in the real estate and retail sector. I am therefore all the more pleased that Signature Capital and the development’s other stakeholders were singled out for this award. For City Plaza, the award is the crowning achievement of a project that sets new standards across the board”, explains Arnd Leinemann, Managing Director of the investor Signature Capital.
After an intense selection process, Chapman Taylor’s design proposal for Quartier Fünfgassen was chosen as the preferred scheme for the centre of Wiesbaden. Chapman Taylor created the proposed designs for the Düsseldorf-based investor Development Partner.
The scheme enhances the existing urban connections in central Wiesbaden and opens up new links to the surrounding area, activating the interior of the city block and ensuring that the quarter integrates seamlessly into the urban fabric.
Chapman Taylor’s plans call for the creation of two new axes through the quarter, one running north-south and the other east-west, along with a series of new public squares and alleys that will integrate this previously closed-off area into the existing network of inner-city footpaths and create an attractive, circular route through the city centre. The quarter’s new central plaza will be lined with shops and a high concentration of restaurants with outdoor seating. The upper levels will accommodate a hotel with more than 200 rooms, leisure facilities, offices, serviced apartments and much more.
The PLAZA mixed-use development at Grafinger Strasse in Munich’s Werksviertel district opened to the public in November 2019. The new precinct, the central development in this entirely new district on a 39 hectares former industrial site within Munich’s inner ring, is a core element of this attractive new mixed-use area and combines living, working, culture, leisure, schools, daycare and retail.
The district’s vibrant mix of uses is also reflected in PLAZA – retail occupies most of the development’s ground floor, while separate buildings with various functions complete the block perimeter on the upper levels around an extensively greened inner courtyard, which can be reached via a wide flight of stairs. The individual buildings are occupied by a Moxy Hotel, long-stay Residence Inn suites, offices and a fitness and sports medicine building, over which a 6.5m high climbing centre cantilevers.
Chapman Taylor is one of the most successful internationally active architectural practices in Europe. The firm was founded in London in 1959 and currently employs more than 480 people in 16 independent offices across Europe, Asia, South and Central America and the Middle East, working on a wide range of projects in more than 90 countries.
Chapman Taylor has been active in Germany since 1994 and opened its Düsseldorf studio in 1997. The Düsseldorf team has been responsible for a large number of development projects in Germany and Eastern Europe. From initial feasibility studies to masterplanning, Chapman Taylor offers a comprehensive range of services for a wide variety of building types – residential, retail, leisure, hospitality, transportation and office – and combines these uses into large-scale mixed-use environments.