The Wuhan Movie Theme Park will contain six state of the art
multi-dimension movie rides ranging from simple 3d to actor and
scenery enhanced 6d experiences. Located in the central
Chinese city of Wuhan, it forms the anchor for one end of a major
development by Beijing-based development group Dalian
The 'Wuhan Central Cultural District' development is the first
stage of a city-wide programme to provide waterway connections
between Wuhan's six lakes. The Cultural District includes a
programme of offices, residential, cultural buildings and shopping
malls along a 2km canal-side site. The development is anchored at
the east and west by two cultural buildings designed by
Stufish. To the west, the 'Han Show' Theatre overlooks Donghu
Lake; the Film Culture Theme Park overlooks Shahu Lake to the
east. The theme park building occupies a 250 metre long site
at one end of the Schu He River promenade.
The brief was to provide a building large enough to house six
major theme park attractions, immersive restaurants, fast-food
outlets, guest facilities, and Hollywood themed retail
The primary form of the building derives from the Wuhan Bells, a
traditional symbol of the local Chu-Han culture. This shape has
been replicated and grouped into two distinct clusters, each big
enough to house large scale theme park rides arranged on ground and
upper levels. Glazed areas at street level provide double height
shop fronts onto the lake, and generous views out from the various
dining and retail facilities within.
From the Stufish designed public plaza to the south, the main
entrance bell channels guests through the 'Street of Bells'
commercial axis, sweeping them into the Grand Atrium. The balcony
walls of the 80m wide atrium are lined with LED screens.
Choreographed theatrical lighting enhances the ad-hoc energy
of the interstitial spaces and atrium terracing. Jutting escalators
and bold signage lead guests to the pre-show lobbies and monumental
movie themed experiences designed by Forrec and ILM.
To the east the building is flanked by a public park and