Beautiful hotel set in a quarry

Check this out for a new and exciting approach to dreamlike architecture. Atkins has won an international competition to design a five-star resort hotel set within a beautiful 100 meter deep quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China. I know that from these pictures the hotel looks almost unreal, but this project is expected to be completed by May, 2009. Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms. The quarry will provide protection from the weather, and reduce the energy needs of the hotel. The complex will contain restaurants, cafes, sport facilities, and will even include underwater public areas and guestrooms. The prospect of this hotel actually being built is incredibly exciting and I think a visit to China could be on the cards!

Check out Atkins website at:

http://www.atkinsdesign.com/

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~ by gakka30 on December 10, 2008.

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