China’s New Luxury Hotel Being Built Underground Surrounded by Water
Photo credit: Atkins
There is a five-star hotel currently being built in the district of Songjiang, China. That’s not such big news. But hold on. It’s being built in a quarry, 100 yards below ground level.
Although the plan was to have it finished by early 2015, small setbacks pushed it towards 2017. Fortunately, the construction has now been going well and it is expected to meet this new schedule. And that’s right around the corner.
The firm behind this astonishing design is the British firm Atkins, whose representatives somehow had an ‘aha!’ moment when looking at an empty pit near the base of Tianmenshan Mountains.
The rendered designs are a visible demonstration of the ambition to have a one of a kind hotel. It will have 19 floors with a total of 380 rooms of various sizes. The most modest room will start at £200 (approximately U$260) a night.
The hotel was designed to blend in with the landscape – to look as if it were growing out of the solid rock walls and under an eco-friendly green roof consisting of many living trees.
It’s not all looks, though. Guests will have the chance to entertain themselves with water sports, rock climbing, and bungee jumping off nearby cliffs.
The official name of the luxury hotel is Intercontinental Shimao and is costing £345 million to build. A senior manager for the Shimao Group, Li Xuyang, said that two stories will be above ground and 17 underground. The two bottom floors will even be underwater.
‘The roof of the hotel will only be 15 m above the cave. The idea was to take advantage of this unique land form and to create a garden growing in the air. People could view the hundred-meter high waterfall from their room window, ‘ Li said.
And according to Li, the hotel is part of a larger project to build Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a large-scale theme park.