This spectacular and intriguing looking hotel is set in a partly water filled quarry, located in the Songijang satellite town of Shanghai. The 400 room five star hotel is set in an over 330 feet deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms. The Atkins Architecture Group recently won an international competition with this entry.
Bristol-based Martin Jochman, who led the design team, says, “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 victory for Atkins did not come as a surprise since the group has already for years been deeply involved with projects in the Shanghai area. The firm has earlier won a contract to develop the master planning and detail design for part of Songijang which was an existing town that was expanded to serve as a satellite town to Shanghai. The new Songijang is a university town and a popular weekend and holiday destination for Shanghai residents and other visitors, linked to Shanghai by metro.