Shanghai luxury hotel is built inside an abandoned quarry

Rooms start at $500 a night

A quarry isn’t the first place that comes to mind when most
people think of where to go on vacation, and yet an abandoned mine
is now home to a five-star hotel in Shanghai.

The
InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel
(let’s just pause
for a moment to appreciate that mouthful) is nestled into the side
of a quarry 19 miles from the city’s Hongqiao International
Airport. The hotel, designed by Martin Jochman, juts out from the
side of the mine and hovers over a body of water, as though the
building is taking a dip in a pool. Of the hotel’s 18 floors,
just two sit above ground with the rest descending 290 feet
below.


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According to the
South China Morning Post
, the project was quite a feat of
engineering. The 336-room hotel had to be anchored to the
quarry’s vertical wall. It took two years to complete the piling
for the foundation alone. The hotel’s owners claim the building
can withstand a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and has six pumping
machines if the quarry ever floods. Sounds like paradise.


InterContinental Hotels Rendering of a room overlooking the quarry.

Via:
Fast Company

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Shanghai luxury hotel is built inside an abandoned quarry