Has Construction Begun On Shanghai’s Ridiculous Subterranean Luxury Hotel?

InterContinental Shimao Wonderland

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:

InterContinental Shimao Wonderland 2
InterContinental Shimao Wonderland 3

Dream big, Atkins. Don’t let practicality get in the way, and remember — you have competition in Changsha and Chengdu.

Subterranean Quarry Hotel to Extend 328 Feet Underground (Web Urbanist, H/T Alicia)

    5 Responses to “Has Construction Begun On Shanghai’s Ridiculous Subterranean Luxury Hotel?”

    1. Gay Chevara

      I have been in Shanghai since 2001 and I am pretty certain that I first heard of this being built back then.

      I think it looks fantastic and I can’t wait til they finish it.

      It looks like something out of those 60′s puppet shows – Captain Scarlett and Thunderbirds.


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