The proposed 19-story, 5-star waterfall quarry hotel near Tianmashan Mountain in Songjiang district, Shanghai, is apparently happening, maybe. First proposed six and a half years ago, when the firm Atkins won the rights to design something called the InterContinental Shimao Wonderland, the project caused major buzz in international media — though it’s been little more than buzz. But construction has finally begun, apparently, at least according to Web Urbanist, which states, “though its initial estimated opening date of May 2009 has long past, photos show progress at the quarry.”
As of this moment, that link is broken. The project that always seemed a bit too good to be true perhaps remains simply untrue.
If, however, this 380-room hotel from the future is ever to be finished, here’s what it should look like:
Subterranean Quarry Hotel to Extend 328 Feet Underground (Web Urbanist, H/T Alicia)