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Amazing underwater hotel is becoming a reality

30 January 2017

Design and engineering consultancy Atkins is in the process of transforming its 90m deep, quarry hotel design into reality in the town of Songjiang.

Songjiang Quarry Hotel (Credit: Atkins)

The concept of Songjiang Quarry Hotel is unlike no other seen before. Situated in the town of Songjiang, approximately 35km from Shanghai city, it will be surrounded by natural beauty and vast landscapes. This makes it a popular tourist attraction. 

The design of the hotel is meant to match that of the landscape. It’s inspired by the rocky cliffs, waterfalls and surrounding hills. Atkins won an international design competition back in 2006 and the five star hotel is now in the process of becoming a reality with the help of Chinese developer Shimao.

The project will see the construction of the 383 bedroom hotel built into the side of a disused, 90m deep, water filled quarry. The hotel will be operated by Intercontinental as a sport and leisure-oriented spa resort. The hotel is intended to be totally eco-friendly with a green roof that fits naturally with the surroundings and for energy saving qualities. It will have many other features including geothermal energy and solar energy utilisation. 

Amazingly, it has a cascading waterfall from the top of the quarry into a pool below. Extreme sports activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping will be set up over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the hotel.

Songjiang Quarry Hotel (Credit: Atkins)

It has underwater public areas, guest rooms and conference facilities for up to 1,000 people. Two of the underwater levels will be restaurants and guest rooms facing a 10m deep aquarium. A major architectural design will see a transparent glass ‘waterfall’ located in the centre of the building. 

By placing the hotel in this location, designers and developers hope to prevent further damage to the environment around it. This hotel could become one of the most eco-friendly ever built. 

Martin Jochman, lead architect for the scheme, says: “The concept design has attracted tremendous interest across the world and we’re excited to be bringing the hotel an important step closer to reality.”

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