Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Shimao Wonderland International Hotel

What a fantastic concept and location for a hotel: in an abandoned quarry, the architect was able to build down instead of up! Here is the information from the JADE + QA website:

"Shimao Wonderland International Hotel in Songjiang, Shanghai, China is a unique concept for resort hotel built in a disused industrial site - a 90m deep water filled quarry. As such it is a first 'Groundscraper' hotel to be built in China and for that matter first one of its kind in the world. The hotel, operated by Intercontinental Hotels Group as their flagship hotel in China, will have 237 rooms with 15 'underground' levels, with one guestroom floor located under water. The 2 levels above the ground will accommodate the public facilities, restaurants and a Banqueting hall

In February 2013 Quarry Associates and its Chinese registered Studio J.A.D.E. Ltd, established by the concept designer and original project Design Director for the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel, Martin Jochman Dip Arch RIBA, signed contract with the developer Shimao to continue working on this project and to develop the design, coordinate the landscape and interiors and overview the construction on site. As the original concept designer in 2006, while working with ATKINS and then continuing his design work with his own studio JADE+QA, Martin has therefore been able to carry out this important and unique project from concept to completion for more than 12 years."


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