Development of theme parks has been the goal of many entrepreneurs and developers in China over the last ten years. Often seen as an enticement to receive government approvals, few of these proposed parks were ever constructed. China Dinosaur Park is the exception. The park opened in the year 2000 and has continually expanded and improved since its opening.
R/Hdo was asked by Favilli/Sfingi to prepare concept plans for the expansion of the park, for the development of an adjacent mixed-use retail and lodging district, and for the creation of an entirely new land within the existing park—Amazonia.
Under the creative direction of Favilli/Sfingi, R/Hdo prepared a preliminary concept master plan for the overall park and provided a detailed Schematic Design package for the 15-acre Amazonia land. New attractions within the Amazonia Land included the Anaconda Coaster, the Kumuka Flume ride, a Birds of Prey venue with 500 seats, the Baobab ropes course and a magical tree house called the Tree of Legends.
The design of the land utilized the adjacent lagoon to create a dramatic site for the Takoradi Village, which included food and beverage facilities. A shoreline promenade connected all of the features and attractions and provided guests with dramatic daytime and nighttime views of the central lagoon.
Location: Changzhou, China
Role: Site Planning and Concept Design
Architect: Favilli Sfingi
Date Of Completion: 2012