How Sweet Is This Subterranean Shanghai Hotel Going To Be?

How Sweet Is This Subterranean Shanghai Hotel Going To Be?


At the foot of the Tianmashan mountain, at the site of a now-abandoned quarry, the InterContinental Shimao Wonderland will stand 18 storeys tall — 16 of them below ground!

The hotel is being designed by Atkins, an award-winning British firm of architects, which has described its work thusly:

We drew our inspiration from the quarry setting itself, adopting the image of a green hill cascading down the natural rock face as a series of terraced landscaped hanging gardens. In the centre, we have created a transparent glass ‘waterfall’ from a central vertical circulation atrium connecting the quarry base with the ground level. This replicates the natural waterfalls on the existing quarry face.

The 380-room hotel is projected to open late 2014 or early 2015, which seems incredibly ambitious, although China is the country that built a (arguable less elaborate) hotel in only 15 days, so… [Business Insider]