Construction has begun on the 19-story, 5-star hotel at the base of Tianmashan Mountain in the Songjiang District of Shanghai

Shimao Intercontinental Hotel seemed pretty elaborate, and though its initial estimated opening date of May 2009 has long past,the following photos show progress that has been made.


The 380-room & 19 stories; two of which will be underwater! Shimao Intercontinental Hotel is scheduled to open late 2014

Now that is a groundbreaking design: The lavish £345 million five-star CAVE hotel being built in an abandoned Chinese quarry

  • Two of the hotel’s 19 storeys will be built underwater and will feature an aquarium with glass walls
  • The other 17 storeys will be built inside a cave at the base of the Tianmenshan Mountain
  • The British design firm behind the plans claim the roof of the £345-million hotel will sit just 15 metres above ground

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An artist's view of what the finished cave hotel will look like. The 5-star underground resort is being built inside a 100-foot deep, water-filled abandoned quarry in China at the base of the Tianmenshan Mountain in the Songjiang District


Li Xuyang, a senior manager for Shimao Group told Shortlist: ‘Two stories will be built underwater, 17 will be within the cave and two more will be above ground.

‘The roof of the hotel will only be 15 m above the cave.

‘The idea was to take advantage of this unique land form and to create a garden growing in the air.

People could view the hundred-meter high waterfall from their room window.

‘The hotel is part of the larger project to build Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a large-scale theme park.’

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The quarry that will soon house the Shimao is partly flooded, meaning the lowest levels are set to be submerged under water, a rising trend in futuristic hotel design. The two underwater levels will feature an aquarium, an underwater restaurant and guest rooms.


The five-star resort will have an aquarium with glass walls that look out onto a restaurant and guest rooms, a swimming pool , sports center, & conference facilities.


5-star hotel that will be located deep within a 100-meter (328-foot) abandoned quarry near the base of Tianmashan Mountain , Shanghai.

Other underground hotels around the world include Coober Pedy in Australia.

Coober Pedy is one of the most unusual, unique places in Australia, and perhaps the world.

It’s one of those places that you really have to see to believe it’s real.

As the town is located in one of the hottest and most inhospitable climates in Australia, many people live underground to escape the oppressive summer heat.

You’ll be able to visit underground houses, underground cafes, underground churches, stay in underground hotels, visit an underground bookstore, and roll out your swag in Australia’s only underground camping area! Read more

Coober Pedy Underground Hotel


New Hotel Park Royal on Pickering, Visa-Free China, Craft Beer in the Asia-Pacific and Dragonair Goes to Da Nang

Above photo-Opening this month in the Lion City is a hotel that makes the awesome “vertical garden” in our own Hotel Icon look like a potted plant. The Park Royal on Pickering was designed to appear as if it were plopped down right in the middle of a lush garden. The 367-roomer has tons of manicured greenery, waterfalls and planter walls, and its zero-energy sky gardens are gentle on the environment, powering themselves via solar cells and using harvested water. Birdcage-like structures surround the infinity pool, adding to the natural vibe. Rooms start at about HK$1,750 a night at a special launch rate available till March 31.
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Underground Hotel La Clausto - Airolo, Switzerland

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La Clausto – Airolo, Switzerland

This unique underground accommodation has lots of interesting history behind it. This hotel was originally a military fort inside St. Gotthard Mountain. The accommodation is actually inside the mountain rock and it is very modern in its appearance. With organic cuisine and fun activities galore, staying here will be a time worth remembering.


Underground Cave House – Switzerland by CMA and SeARCH

Above photo-Across the border to the north of the Magried, Italy fire station, a cave house has been built into the Swiss alp region in the village of Vals.  This cave house by CMA and SeARCH is a modern residence with earthen walls and roofing, showing only a small section cut out of the ground to view the rolling hills beyond.  The interior doesn’t feel to cavernous, as the home has all of the typical amenities of an above-ground modern home.  In this case, however, the earth walls and roof provide passive climate control for an efficient lifestyle.  The windows on the open section of this cave house have quite a view, to boot.  It’s the best of both worlds– above ground vistas and below-ground security and sustainability. – See more at:

Underground Office in Sweeden


Above photo- During the cold-war, this deep cave bunker was designed to house essential government systems in the event of a nuclear attack.  Today, this cave office in Sweden is now the headquarters of a datacenter that looks like the lair of a Bond villain.  Not only is this one of the most remarkable workplaces we’ve seen, it’s also designed to be sustainable.  It’s heated by the datacenter itself, it features plant-life as green accent walls and its electrical systems are efficiently integrated.  It’s the kind of place where you could plot a world takeover– or perhaps work on some spreadsheets.  That much is up to you.  [check out our full list of Office Design Marvels from around the world, including this amazing cave office.}



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