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Set to be a blockbuster

by Suzanne Miao on Feb 18, 2015 in Architecture
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Nicknamed The Golden Bells, the design of Wanda Movie Park draws inspiration from the 2,000-year-old Wuhan Bianzhong bells, a cultural artefact dating back to the Han dynasty (Photo courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects)

Nicknamed The Golden Bells, the design of Wanda Movie Park draws inspiration from the 2,000-year-old Wuhan Bianzhong bells, a cultural artefact dating back to the Han dynasty (Photo courtesy of Stufish Entertainment Architects)

Stufish Entertainment Architects has completed the world's first indoor movie theme park in Wuhan, China — finally realising a project which the firm undertook four years ago, when founder Mark Fisher was still alive

The US$690 million Wanda Movie Park, designed by UK-based Stufish Entertainment Architects for client Dalian Wanda Group, is a multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experience spread over 100,000 sq-m. This spectacular building houses six film-related 'ride' attractions, including 4D and 5D cinema screens, a flight theatre, immersive and interactive live performances and a space theatre.

Stufish took on the project in 2010, when founder Mark Fisher was still alive. Fisher and his team worked closely with the client, designing a viable building alongside their vision of innovative technology and exhilarating spectacle. However, he passed away in 2013 — a year and a half before the project's completion. "Mark has laid solid foundations for Stufish to move forward and go from strength to strength," says Stufish CEO Ray Winkler.
"His creative approach to problem-solving and his willingness to share his insights with the team of talented architects and designers in the studio has given us the motivation and ability to explore the unexplored."
Built to complement the advanced technology within the park, Stufish's thoughtful design showcases Wuhan's rich local heritage. Nicknamed The Golden Bells, the design of Wanda Movie Park draws inspiration from the 2,000-year-old Wuhan Bianzhong bells, a cultural artifact dating back to the Han dynasty.

This is a preview of the "Set to be a blockbuster” article from the March 2015 issue of Perspective magazine.

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