China is famous for its flashy and symbolic architecture, and Stufish Entertainment Architects' recently completed Wanda Movie Park in Wuhan does not disappoint. Developed as part of the Wuhan Central Cultural District, the 861,000-square-foot Wuhan Movie Theme Park comprises six multi-dimensional movie theaters that range from run-of-the-mill 3D theaters to sensory enhanced 6D experiences. The enormous complex also houses restaurants, retail, and other guest facilities.
The Wuhan Bells, a traditional icon of the local Chu-Han culture, inspired the Wuhan Movie Theme Park’s golden hive-like shape. The rounded structures were replicated at different scales and then clustered together into a giant striated mass. Visitors are ushered into the building’s 262-foot-wide Grand Atrium via a commercial pedestrian promenade called the ‘Street of Bells.’ The atrium’s balcony walls are lined with LED screens and programmed to show an impressive choreographed light show.
The sprawling movie theme park was built as part of the Wuhan Central Cultural District, a development spearheaded by the Beijing-based group Dalian Wanda. The development is the first stage of a citywide initiative to connect Wuhan’s six lakes with attractive mixed-use spaces. As a result, the theme park building was built along a canal and lake. The first floor retail shops and restaurants were designed with double-height glazing to take advantage of views towards the lake and boardwalk. The movie park opened December 20, 2014.
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