Dabbling in SFX Theater Spaces

I had a client in Changzhou who created EMVs for Dark Rides. He was also interested in developing Special Effects Theaters (SFX). Here are just a few of my conceptual sketches for such a medium.

Theater in the Round

Immersive Theater

Hemispherical Theater

And lastly, Thrust Theater

My personal favorites are smaller SFX venues using robotic arms carrying LED Screens and live (or otherwise) 3/D players. I would love to pursue this line of thought but most of my clients do not think this far into the future nor have the money to invest, believing in very “safe” yet more mundane forms of entertainment.

Science Based Family Fun Center in Old Building -concept-

Our team went into an abandoned two-story building in a commercial district, that at one time was a video game parlor. Below are concept sketches, plans, elevations and perspectives etc, trying to convince the client of a NEW use of an OLD space that would guarantee better use of floor space as well as create fun for the entire family and thus insure return visits.

General Plan

Traffic and Function Bubble Charts 

Going Horizontal

Adding a Theme

Features Perspectives

The concept was used, but as is the wont with many Chinese clients, the mid-level managers saw no need to consult the original designer (me), so I have no pictures of finished product.

Leisure Destination II

Our team went into a small village in Yunnan. The village was poor but quite famous as one of its citizen’s was Yang, the Father of the Green Movement in China (our title for him). The man is China’s version of Johnny Appleseed. We used the opportunity to facilitate current trends in Leisure Destinations and Village Regeneration techniques and successfully attained the government contract. Below are some sketches from that exercise.

Mater Plan Rough

Sketch overlays onto current photos

Activity Features

Before and Afters Applications


Application Sketches

Improved Sketches Suggesting Features



Commercial Center

Concept Development before going to CAD

Sundry Details


There were many more features as governed by Leisure Destinations not featured here. You need an historic village upgrade? Want to uplift the life of villagers and make a profit? We charge by the square meter. Ciao for Now

Design and Build Asia

Bridges and Artificial Tree Happy Valley Beijing

Virgin Mary Shrine Happy Valley Beijing

Kiosk, Lost City Zhuhai

Photo-op South China Mall Pearl Delta

Water Park Toys, Splendid China Shenzhen

Birdland Archway Gate Happy Valley Chengdu

Kid’s Zone

My samples go on and on in a variety of venues.

Lost City -Early Water Parks in China-

In 1999-2000, I was asked to be the primary designer for a small water park in Zhuhai China, The Pearl of the Orient.

Park Entry and Icon

Me and Team placing Icon

Architecture. This park had approximately 8 months to design AND build

I worked closely with the engineers and contractors.

Features -Bridge over Lazy River




China’s first “elevated Lazy River”.

Plan and Elevation

Work in Progress


Including the artists

And with the Water Park Suppliers, Amusements Leisure and Whitewater