by , 06/26/07

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Near Shanghai, the Songjiang district has become a popular weekend destination for many tourists with its natural beauty and sprawling landscapes. And now the Songjiang Hotel might just become the newest and greenest attraction. While it may look a bit sci-fi, this hotel was designed for the real (green) world, with many sustainable features in mind.

This proposed hotel was designed by the firm Atkins, the same firm which has brought us buildings such as Tianjin’s Pile of Boxes and the Bahrain World Trade Center. The 400-bed resort will be located in a 100-meter-deep quarry located in the province and will contain restaurants, cafes, sport facilities, and even underwater public areas and guestrooms. Water will play an important part in the design, featured in many areas around the hotel. Waterfalls, underwater aquariums, and green areas will be integrated into the design to match the existing facing of the quarry.

The reuse of an already existing site means that the environmental impact will hopefully be smaller. The entire hotel is to be covered in a green roof, while the building will use geothermal energy for it’s electrical supply and heating. The quarry will also provide a good source of heat control and shelter from the environment.

The design of the building is meant to reflect the natural landscape of the quarry. “We drew our inspiration from the quarry setting itself, adopting the image of a green hill cascading down the natural rock face as a series of terraced landscaped hanging gardens.” said Martin Jochman. Needless to say, with such a cool looking site, you’d expect to get a design which will take advantages of it’s very extreme location, and you’d be correct. The hotel, will feature amongst other things: bungee jumping.

Via Designflute.

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  1. albania November 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

    It’s very beautiful hotel.

  2. Tulla November 8, 2011 at 5:37 am

    amazing concept wow, just fantastic. looking forward to it!

  3. soliman October 29, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    waw so natural

  4. Aussie 1 October 2, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations to all concerned with this project looks out of this world. I will put my money where my mouth is and visit and lets my eyes drink in the concept.
    China take yet another bow after a sensational Olympics.

  5. bigface August 26, 2008 at 6:39 am

    So beautiful. Is this one of the best hotels in china. so wonderful place. really want to have a chance to go there.

  6. equimov July 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    i agree with utchup,is amazin design,hopefully is not an experimental design but is really sustainable and does not give the serious impact to the site!I believe Atkins can do it!Starchitect’s firm!

  7. equimov July 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    looked amazing, hopefully is not an experimental design but really a sustainable green design for the site!!!

  8. utchup June 5, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Its Very2 Amazing………….Good Design I dont know, I can do it…..I Hope………..^_^

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    Songjiang hotel looks amazing. BTW, I think there is no man-made waterfall there. It seems to me just a piece of architect structure resemblence like water fall.

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    This looks beautifull, i really want to go

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  14. laura July 17, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Wow! Impressive, indeed!

  15. John biggs July 17, 2007 at 4:05 am

    again……..this is the coolest hotel I’ve ever seen………

  16. John biggs July 17, 2007 at 4:05 am

    wow……..whatever element of this is green……reuse of industrial site……..hydro-power……..daylighting………solar panels……..whatever…….. whoever designed this must have seen the Incredibles. I cant wait for the monorail sphere.

  17. june in florida July 9, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Wouldn’t the waterfall work like when you empty a pool with a hose? Once you get the water running it continues.You would just need power to start the flow

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    It looks extremely impressive. but i can’t help wonder how those sailing boats will get any wind down there?

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  23. scott June 29, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    Looks beautiful but drenched in inflated hype. Pumping the water out of the quarry to feed their gorgeous waterfall will gobble up electricity. It’s weird to see them spin “the reuse of an already existing site” as some eco-praiseworthy event. And what’s “sustainable” in the context of a hotel? It still looks like an energy hog. Anyway, go because the place looks darn cool, not because of some eco-buzzwords they added to dress up their promotional material. I know I sound bitter, I’m just tired of seeing people get glassy eyed over some buzzwords and supporting less-worthy causes out of some green-guilt knee-jerk reaction. But hey I think people would be better off not buying carbon offsets and instead should donate money to organizations that lobby for environmental reforms. Better bang for your buck. Oh and don’t drink bottled water! Plastic waste/garbage from the package and energy/pullution to have it delivered.

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  27. JASE Marketing June 26, 2007 at 11:06 pm

    What an amazing concept and design. We’ve forwarded this link around via RSS.

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