CLADmag issue4 2018

Page 33

The hotel has been built in an abandoned quarry

T

he Shimao Wonderland

Situated around a manmade lake

InterContinental (IHG), the

and amid cascading waterfalls, the

world’s first underground hotel,

18-storey, 336-guest room structure

has opened in Songjiang, around

is powered by its own geothermal

22 miles (35 km) from Shanghai in

and solar system and features an

the Sheshan Mountain Range.

underwater restaurant and aquarium.

Built in a 100m (328ft)-deep

The leisure-oriented, ‘waveform’

abandoned quarry, the hotel, which

venue, which won gold at the MIPIM

has been in development for a decade,

Asia Conference in 2011, also has a

was designed by Studio JADE+QA and

swimming pool, as well as facilities for

the British architectural firm Atkins.

bungee jumping and rock-climbing.

IMAGES COURTESY OF JADE+QA

World’s first subterranean resort opens in Shanghai

The resort is expected to host 500,000 guests per year