China can be objectively named one of the world’s leaders for some of the most visually appealing architectural concepts. Now, the country intends to surprise the world community by digging a “ground scraper” – enormous structures built underground.
Though only computer-rendered images area available for the news incredible project, don’t be mistaken. This is no mere concept anymore.
In fact, constructors have already set up on work on the Shimao Intercontinental Hotel in the Songjiang District of Shanghai – a five-star, 19-story, 380-room, luxury hotel built into an abandoned, part-flooded quarry.
The team for the architectural company, Atkins, comprises Paul Rice, Hu Yali, Zhang Jian and Ding Fang from the Shanghai office and is headed by Martin Jochman from the company headquarters in Bristol.
It should be noted that the company behind the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai won a Gold Medal for hotel design at the MIPIM Asia Awards for real estate.
They have a task to utilise green roofing. During the construction of the hotel the geothermal energy from the artificial lake will be used in order to generate both electricity and heating.
As it was mentioned above, The £345million cave hotel was designed to have 19 storeys, 17 of which are below the ground level with two underwater floors; two of the floors are above the 90-100 metre deep quarry.
The rest of the building will be built into the mountainous landscape so guests of the hotel will have a possibility to do watersports on the lake and use the nearby cliffs for rock-climbing and bungee jumping.
“The abandoned quarry will be partially filled with water to create an artificial lake,” Wikipedia reports. “The hotel is designed in an “S” shape utilising a convex to concave form. It also has a separate structure for the lobby that is made to replicate a flying saucer as it would descend into the quarry.”
The company confirmed the hotel’s ostensibly environmentally-friendly aspects to the design, which includes “green roofing and exploiting the site’s geothermal heat to generate electricity and heating. A naturally-lit internal atrium incorporates the existing rock face, with its waterfalls and green vegetation.”
The underwater floors will have an aquarium with glass walls that look out onto an underwater restaurant and guest rooms, claims The Daily Mail.
The hotel will also feature a swimming pool and a sports centre as well as several restaurants, a banqueting hall and conference rooms for business meetings and conferences.
Li Xuyang, a senior manager for Shimao Group told Shortlist: “‘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,” he explained. “People could view the hundred-meter high waterfall from their room window.”
He went on, adding: “The hotel is part of the larger project to build Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a large-scale theme park.”
The underground hotel is expected to be built in around three years and guests could be staying in the resort by 2015. Shanghaiist reports that the Shanghai Shimao Property Group has so far invested US$555 with rooms likely to cost around £200 a night.