Tuesday, January 2, 2007

China's Waterworld

Another breakthrough architectural project -- this time in China, by a Dubai-based firm, and via The Cool Hunter:
"Atkin's Architecture Group recently won the first prize award for a international design competition with this stunning entry. Set in a spectacular water filled quarry in Songjiang, China, the 400 bed resort hotel is uniquely constructed within the natural elements of the quarry. With underwater public areas and guest rooms, the resort also boasts cafes, restaurants and sporting facilities."

"The lowest level runs with the aquatic theme by housing a luxurious swimming pool and an extreme sports centre for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping which will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water. This is a fine example of an ultra modern facility co-existing amongst its natural environment. "
illustration The Cool Hunter