Fantastic Design of a "Quarry" Hotel in China.

This stunning design sets a hotel constructed in a water-filled quarry in China:

Atkin's Architecture Group recently won the first prize award for an 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. Underwater public areas and guest rooms add to the uniqueness, but 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 center for activities such as rock climbing and bungee jumping which will be cantilevered over the quarry and accessed by special lifts from the water. With a stunning visual presentation as shown here, it's no wonder this project took home the first prize. This is a fine example of an ultra modern facility co-existing amongst its natural environment.

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It is beautiful, but I agree with artschild in that it is not natural at all. Also, waters such as these are very often poison. They can be filled with all kinds of metals and chemicals from the mining processes. Some must be monitored into infinity. I am sure some countries don't even monitor them.
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Um, not to say I don't appreciate its awesome design, and the way that it works with rather than against the environment it's designed for, but a quarry is not a "natural" environment. It's a mining site.
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