[photopress:hotel_songiangdeep_water_quarry_hotel11_624f5.jpg,full,alignright]While it may be a problem for some guests with leanings towards claustrophia the perhaps soon to be built Songjiang hotel is an amazing innovative design. It is a 400-bed, five-star resort hotel set in a deep quarry in the Songjiang district of China and within easy distance of Shanghai.
Bristol based Atkins Design Studio designed the hotel and said it was inspired by the water and landscape features of the quarry it is to be set in.
The structure’s foundation will be laid into the 100 metre deep quarry and rise two levels higher than the rock face of the quarry. This will enable it to have several underwater public areas, restaurants and guest rooms facing a ten-meter deep aquarium.
When and if completed (nothing seems to be firmly set as yet) it should be totally astounding. Note that we have mentioned this hotel before and will continue to mention it until it becomes a reality. It is a fascinating idea.
Source: Journal de l’Atelier d’Architecture