Atkins has won an international competition to design a five - star resort hotel set within a beautiful water - filled quarry in the Songjiang district close to Shanghai in China . Its stunning concept designs inspired by the natural water and landscape features of the quarry captured the imagination of judges to quash competition from two other international firms .
The innovative design of the 400-bed resort hotel stands two levels higher than the rock face of the 100 metre deep quarry and includes underwater public areas and guestrooms . It will incorporate conference facilities for up to 1,000 people, a banqueting centre, restaurants, cafés and sports facilities . Sustainability is integral to the design ranging from using green roofing for the structures above the ground level to geothermal energy extraction .
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