Project in Detail
Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental
Atkins, Bristol, United Kingdom
World Architecture Festival 2009 - Shortlisted
Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental – Songjiang, China
This project is the winning entry of an international design competition. The subject of the competition was a up to 400 bed, 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 access 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 a water sports and leisure and spa complex with a swimming pool. An underwater level will house a restaurant and guest rooms facing a themed aquarium. Above the ground level will be the main entrance lobby, conference facility for 1000 people, banqueting centre and a series of restaurants with views of the quarry, the extensively landscaped surrounding areas and waterfalls. An extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping is cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by lifts from the water level of the hotel. Sustainability is high on the agenda in our design, ranging from utilising green roof for the structures above the ground level to proposed geothermal energy extraction. It is also intended to use photovoltaic solar panels and to utilise the solar heat energy within the tall 'waterfall' atrium.
The project is currently in detailed design stage and the construction of the infrastructure has already commenced with completion planned before 2013 . The hotel will be operated by the Intercontinental Hotels Group and will be one of their flagship hotels in China.
The winning architectural team includes Paul Rice, Hu Yali, Zhang Jian and Ding Fang from Atkins Shanghai led by Martin Jochman from Atkins in Bristol.