Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental

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Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental

Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental – Songjiang, China This project is the winning entry of an international design competition. The subject of the competition was 337 guestroom, 5 star resort hotel located in an unusual situation within a large water filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai. This area of Songjiang is of particular natural beauty and the proposed structure needed to harmonise with a very high quality environment close to Shanghai. The client's brief called for a unique solution to a problem of siting the hotel in such a way that only 2 levels projected above the rock face of the 90m deep quarry. Particular request for underwater public areas and guestrooms was successfully accommodated in the design. The concept adopted the image of a green hill cascading down the rock face as a series of terraced landscaped hanging gardens. The central vertical circulation atrium connecting the quarry base with the ground level is in the form of a transparent glass 'waterfall',. Curved wings of the main body of the guest rooms will enclose internal atria which will utilise the existing rugged rock face as a feature. This spectacular 90m high cliff will be overlooked by the guest room  balconies and will contain restaurants and cafes at the base. The design centres around the water theme both visually and in its varied functions. The lowest level of the hotel will contain leisure  complex with a swimming pool, restaurants and bars. 1 underwater level will house a restaurant and duplex guest rooms facing tropically themed aquarium. Above the ground level will be the main entrance lobby, conference and banqueting  facility for 1000 people and number of restaurants with views of the quarry, the extensively landscaped surrounding areas and a feature waterfall. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping is planned over the quarry. Sustainability is high on the agenda mainly in the passive form, ranging from the green roof, to utiising the unique microclimate of the quarry and the thermal inertia of the rock face. The project is currently in final stages of construction with ,ost of the design completed. The construction is progressing with parts of the sub structure completed. Completion is  planned for the end of  2018 . The hotel will be operated by the Intercontinental Hotels Group and will be one of their flagship hotels in China. The concept was designed by British architect Martin Jochman whilst with Atkins and in 2013 Martin has signed contract with the developer Shimao to complete the design with his own design studio JADE+QA based in Shanghai, this is still ongoing work coordinating and overseeing the construction. The project has won number of international awards including a gold prize for Chinese Future Buildings at  2011 MIPIM Asia forum in Hong Kong. You can follow the design and construction progress on


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