InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Opens (Built On An Old Quarry)

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IHG has opened this week InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland that is build on an abandoned quarry 20 miles outside of the city.

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Illustration 4

The hotels top floor is on the ground level, 16 floors are below ground while having balconies and two floors are submerged. There are total of 336 rooms and suites in the hotel.

You can access InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland’s website here.

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Here are couple of real life photos from the design firm:

Here are more renderings from IHG:

Here are room & suite renderings from IHG

Availability:

InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Availability

The first date that the hotel is available for bookings on IHG’s website is December 2. I could not find award availability for any date.

Here’s the press release from the Atkins Global:

The Atkins-designed InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland hotel opened on 15 November 2018. Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, was appointed by Chinese developer Shimao Group to apply a visionary architectural approach in order to transform an 90m deep abandoned quarry to a unique luxury hotel. SNC-Lavalin acquired WS Atkins plc on July 3, 2017.

Jason Hutchings, Senior Design Director at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins, said: “Great architecture is more than form, light and materials. It is about the positive impact buildings have on those who experience them. This hotel exemplifies everything we strive for: sustainable, innovative, specific, unique and uplifting. It is a credit to our client and the design teams involved.”

Bertil de Kleynen, Sector Director for Architecture, Planning, Landscape and Interiors at SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins in Asia Pacific, said: “Every once in a while, architects create something truly extraordinary, truly unique, reminding the world what great architecture is all about. Atkins’ architects mark this as one of those exhilarating moments and congratulate Shimao, IHG and everyone else that helped make the Atkins vision become reality.”

Often referred to as the “Quarry Hotel”, the design of the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland hotel aims to create a unique destination that reflects the natural landscape of the quarry. Inspired by the stunning location and the natural environment of the rocky cliffs, waterfalls and surrounding hills, the 18-story hotel has two floors above ground, and 16 below ground—including two floors that are underwater. Key design features, such as a cascading glass waterfall and exposed rock surface, enable the building to fit seamlessly into the surrounding environment, which enhances the eco-friendly quality of the building through maximising the utilisation of geothermal and solar energy.

The unique design was honoured by multiple prestigious awards, including “Best Chinese Futura Projects Awards by MIPIM Asia 2011 as well as “Best Hotel Architecture China”, “Best Hotel Architecture Asia Pacific” and “Best International Hotel Architecture” by International Hotel Awards 2013.

Atkins has delivered many of the world’s and region’s most iconic architectures including the 7-star Burj Al Arab, the 568m supertall “Pearl of the North” in Shenyang China, and 462m Landmark 81 that defines the emerging skyline of Vietnam’s capital city Ho Chi Minh City.

Conclusion

This project appears to have taken 12 years from start to completion and the hotel brand switched from Sheraton to InterContinental along the way too.

The renderings certainly look very different than the actual photos taken from the spot during autumn.

Very interesting concept, although looks bit gimmicky. I would except that the room rates will settle down for a lot less after the opening period. This is not unusual with long anticipated hotel openings (high initial rates).

Interesting that there is absolutely no award availability for any dates that I could see. I thought that IHG affiliated hotels would need to make 5% of their room inventory available as awards at the minimum?

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