Wonderland Intercontinental Hotel in a Quarry, Songjiang, China
By Martin12-08-2019Popularity:1420 Comments

Location - Songjiang , Shanghai, China  Developer - Shimao Group  Operator - IHG - ( Intercontinental Hotels Group )  Architect - Martin Jochman Dip Arch RIBA - STUDIO JADE+QA - (UK ) Intrerior design - CCD - (Hong Kong) , Landscape -BAM-(US) Time scale – 2006 -2018 Opened - 15th November 2018 

Following an extensive design development over past 6 years by JADE+QA, construction of this project, featuring 336 guestroom 5 star Intercontinental resort located in approximately 280x220m, 88m deep, water filled disused quarry has been opened to public on 20th November 2018. 

Having completed a difficult task of stabilising the cliff faces adjacent to the hotel wings in late 2015, the foundations and sub structure on the quarry floor level were completed in 2016. The spectacular steel structure of the quest wings within the quarry has been commenced in February 2016. The internal fit out and the extensive landscape have been completed in October 2018.

The building concept retains its original ' ground scraper' character with only 2 of the building's levels above the ground and 16 levels, cascading down the rugged quarry cliff face . The 2 lowest levels are under water with one level utilised as guest rooms and public areas such as restaurants, facing underwater aquarium, thus creating another unique aspect of this hotel resort. The hotel also features large conference/ballroom-banqueting centre for 600 persons together with water based and climbing leisure facilities and swimming pools on the quarry bottom water level. 

Externally, there are extensively landscaped visitor facilities, such as a outdoor themed entertainment park and cantilevered glass floor overlook walkway withazip line across the width of the quarry. 

Apart from minimising the impact of this building on the local environment by adopting low profile covered with grass roof, the hotel features a spectacular 'glass waterfall' structure to house the vertical circulation core with observation lifts. 

The mainly passive sustainable features will take advantage of the orientation, low profile, grass roof and the unique micro climate caused by the thermal properties of the quarry rock mass and the quarry lake, cooling the structure in the summer and heating in the winter. 

In fact this successful 'Brownfield' site utilisation of a disused industrial quarry site will make this project important contribution to the principles of sustainability in China. The engineering challenges facing this project had to solve unusual problems of the seismic implications of the 'tall building fixed at both ends' and the associated problems of fire safety, drainage, water quality and circulation associated with its unique location and the fact that the building is an inverted ‘ground scraper’. 

Technical Indexes and facilities: 

Building Area: 62,171.9m2 

Number of Guestrooms: 336

Number of floors : 2 Above Ground level, 16, Below ground level, (2 under water)

Restaurants: 24 hour, Chinese, Lobby bar/cafe, Quarry level bar/cafe

Banqueting room: 600 people capacity

Protected Children's play area

Roof top outdoor events area 

Indoor Swimming pool

Executive Club

The Wonderland Intercontinental has also the distinction of being the 200th Intercontinental hotel opened since the Intercontinental Hotels company was formed over 70 years ago. 

Quarry Hotel Night View - Photo credit - Blackstation&Kevin

View from guest room - Photo credit JADE+QA

Reception lobby water feature - IHG

Level -14 Bar - IHG

Underwater Restaurant - Mr Fisher - IHG

Drone fly over view - Photo credit JADE+QA

Glass 'waterfall' atrium - Photo credit JADE+QA

Overall Wonderland Intercontinental view from the glass walkway - Photo credit - Blackstation&Kevin

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