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Merlin postpones opening of Legoland New York to 2021

Merlin Entertainments has announced that its upcoming Legoland resort in New York, US, will now open in 2021. The delayed opening of the theme park and hotel, which was originally set for a 4 July opening, is a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety and security of our team, the partners we work with, and the communities we serve," said Legoland New York Resort's divisional director, Stephanie Johnson. "We're in
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Expo 2020 Dubai likely to be postponed until 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely be postponed by a year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Representatives of the event have been working in consultation with key UAE and international stakeholders, as well as the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body for World Expos, to ascertain the impact of the coronavirus and determine whether or not to go ahead as planned. A proposal made by the Steering Committee, supported by Expo 2020, on
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Feilden Fowles to create National Railway Museum's Central Hall

A team led by Feilden Fowles has won the National Railway Museum 's competition to design its new Central Hall with an elegant timber-frame rotunda. Run in partnership with Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition was launched in September 2019, with a shortlist of five teams announced in February 2020. Proposals were sought for a £16.5m ($22m, €20m), 4,500sq m (48,400sq ft) centrepiece building to provide a new entrance space and integrate the museum estate, which is located in the historic
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Google Arts & Culture offers virtual tours of museums and galleries during closures

Google Arts & Culture has partnered with more than 500 cultural institutions to offer 'virtual museum exploration', following the temporary closure of thousands of art galleries and museums during the COVID-19 pandemic. An online platform designed to provide public access to gallery and museum collections across the globe, Google Arts & Culture uses the same technology developed for Google Maps Street View to enable users to 'walk' through world-famous galleries and museums and explore collections and exhibits, via clickable artworks
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Funding boost for Diller Scofidio + Renfro's London Centre for Music

The London Centre for Music, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, has received a funding boost of nearly £2m ($2.3m, €2.2m) for the next stage of its development. Announced in 2017, the vision for the centre is "to develop a world-class venue for performance and education across all musical genres". It will transform part of and be run by the Barbican performing arts centre and will be a new home for the London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of
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Work restarts on Nickelodeon's giant indoor theme park in China

Developers have been given the green light to start work again on the US$750m (£647m, €688m) Nickelodeon theme park development at the Mall of China. Work was suspended as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, however, plans for the construction of the third and fourth phases to resume were approved following an inspection ensuring health requirements were met. Located in the Yubei District of Chongqing City, the Mall of China is being developed by Jiayuan Group, China Creation Group and
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The Animator’s Palate restaurant immerses guests in a cartoon storyboard scenario

Making a play

"Young kids want to try activities aimed at older children, but the older ones still enjoy the physical play aimed at the younger group"

Architects from Walt Disney Imagineering reveal the secrets of kid-centric design
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We wanted the biomes to be elegant and beautiful and appealing in every possible way, and we wanted to design them sensibly from an environmental perspective

Interview: Paul Baker

"We hit on the idea quite early on that we would like to put a mountain inside the Cloud Forest Dome, because that's not something you do very often!"

The Wilkinson Eyre director on the challenges of designing Singapore’s award-winning cooled conservatories
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On the horizon for Heatherwick Studio

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

"Thomas Heatherwick has a long relationship with Bombay Sapphire"

With a long-standing relationship, Thomas Heatherwick and Bombay Sapphire had a shared vision for the gin maker’s new attraction. We find out how they worked together to create this unique project
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Dismaland was housed in a disused Art Deco swimming lido, which opened in 1937 and has been closed since 2000

Banksy’s Dismaland

"There was a huge amount to see at Dismaland, and I found the experience both enjoyable and unsettling."

It generated massive amounts of hype, as well as an estimated £20m for Weston- Super-Mare, but was Banksy’s Dismaland worth a visit? We found out
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Early attractions like Coney Island, Luna Park and Disneyland had immersive experiences

Why immersion matters

"These places share the idea that the space is never a space in and of itself. It’s only a themed or immersive space when the visitor interacts with and completes it"

Immersion is vital in the leisure sectors. We look at the keys to immersing guests in a space
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Kuma won the competition to design the V&A’s Dundee outpost in 2010

V&A Dundee

Has Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee been worth the wait?
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Paris’ La Villette will host teamLab’s Au-Dela des Limites exhibition this year

Light fantastic

Tokyo-based digital art collective is on a mission to change the way we interact with art
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