InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel has been constructed inside an abandoned quarry. As to better fit into the surrounding environment, the interior design of the hotel has applied ‘Aesthetics of Mining ’concept as reference, combining the wild rocks and vertical cliffs with the natural environment, creating a new conceptualized hospitality culture that only belongs to the InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel.
The quarry is located at the Sheshan Mountain Range; there are plenty of greeneries inside the quarry, and waterfalls falling from the surrounding cliffs. After a few site visits, CCD design team felt that human has changed the natural environment attributing to fast social and economic development in the past decades; however, the power of nature is surreptitiously penetrating the development of human civilization as well, therefore, the changing relationship between human and nature is the initial inspiration of the interior design. CCD is dedicated in reshaping the relationship between the architecture and natural environment through hospitality design.
As to incorporate the inspiration into the design, and to find a balance between the natural landscape and human beings, CCD tries to create the consonance between natural environment and artificial designs. The interior design of the hotel is closely attached to the natural landscape, and perfectly blended with the surrounding environment. People would be confused when they are inside the hotel, whether they are having a cave adventure tour or staying at a luxury hotel.
▼深坑洲际酒店外观，exterior view of InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel ©InterContinental Hotel & Resorts Official site
设计故事：地心奇遇 | Design Story: Adventure to the Center of the Earth
Initially, in consideration of the geographic location, topography and uniqueness of the project, CCD has come up with the theme of ‘Adventure to the Center of the Earth’ as the design concept. Starting from entering the lobby to the underground floors, including guestrooms, theme restaurants and bar, all interior designs are conceptualized by an adventurous story. The entire staying experience would be portrayed as following an ancient British explorer to a mining site from the outer layer of the rock to the inner core of the Earth, and ultimately entering the underwater sea world. CCD has established a hospitality space that is full of adventurous stories, giving an exotic brand positioning to the hotel.
酒店大堂 | Lobby
The hotel lobby is the highlight of the whole story, and also depicted as the core of the Earth. The Interior design of the lobby is based on the main theme of ‘Adventure to the Center of the Earth’; therefore the lobby of the hotel is basically displaying the natural appearance of bedrocks with different heights. The design inspiration is from the horizontal and vertical textures formed by the flooding of magma due to crustal movement. The twisted grains and the overlapping peaks are trying to reproduce the natural texture of cliff walls, as to make the overall interior design color closer to its natural appearance of a quarry. There is also a 3D water curtain designed in the center of the lobby projecting various images at different times that matches the cliffs and waterfalls outside the hotel, which creates an artistic sense of natural landscape, bringing surprises and new staying expectations to guests staying experience.
▼大堂墙面使用自然面的灰色石材，让室内的整体色调与深坑内部的岩石色彩更为接近，use grey stones to make the overall interior design color closer to its natural appearance of a quarry
As to match the color of the mining site, a bronze wall has been designed in the lobby, inspired by the color of tools used by miners, emphasizing the concept of balancing humanity and nature.
Indeed, this hotel of wonder has a lot of innovations, as there is no other hotel as reference, and therefore, this project has confronted with numerous challenges and difficulties in landscape planning, material usage, and mechanical engineering and in many other stages. Besides, the hotel is built beneath the ground level, and part of it is underwater, therefore, there are challenges such as lighting design, temperature and moisture control system as well, as to get along with the unique underground environment.
▼大堂立面呈现凹凸起伏的肌理，lobby facade with twisted grains and the overlapping peaks
宴会厅：别有洞天 | Ballroom: The another Scene
Go through the aisle from the lobby and continue to explore. You will see a glimmer of light penetrates into the dark cave hole. Looking up, guests would find that there is another scene in the banquet hall, where different shapes of light and shadows are projected through the opening glasses. The veranda and the front hall has been designed like the courtyard deep in the cave, combining with the LED light shining from the ceiling through the glasses to create a dreamlike star effect.
▼宴会前厅的天花板营造出别样的光影效果，the ceiling of the banquet hall creates a dreamlike light effect
中餐厅：凤栖梧桐 | Chinese Restaurant: Phoenix only rests on Chinese Parasol
At the entrance of the restaurant, there is a light court, and a pine tree has been planted in the center of the court. As Zhuang Zi made a high statement about pine tree that ‘Pine and Cedar trees are accredited by the land, as they are evergreen; Yao and Shun are accredited by the sky, as they are leaders of the world’. This pine tree and the scenic roll inside the restaurant create an artistic sense of tranquility.
▼中餐厅内部凤凰主题的墙壁，the wall of Chinese restaurant with the theme of phoenix
全日制餐厅：能量驿站 | All-Day-Dining Restaurant: Power Station
The all-day-dining restaurant is set to be the power station for the explorers and guests. There is a food island bar full of various cuisines. There is a ‘Charging’ sign on the bar table, the checked pattern on the vertical façade of the island bar that symbolizes the battery, and keeps charging to its full capacity.
行政酒廊：幽谷绿境 | Executive Lounge: Fantasy Greenland on Valley Floor
From the top of the cave and traveling all along the valley, there is a Greenland at the bottom of the valley. The executive lounge is located on the B13 floor. It is like the little warm cabin in the forest, providing a cozy place for travelers and explorers to rest on, and get ready for the next part of the journey.
酒吧：筑火耀岩 | Bar: Quenching Fire Brilliant Obsidian
The bar is located on B14 floor, between the basement and the water surface. Before stepping into the bar, guests can see the artwork that symbolizes the submarine that has docked at the quarry and produced sparks from the fiction with the rocks. The combination of light and shadow in the interior space contrasts with the color of the rocks in the quarry, and produces a beauty of burning flames. The design of the booth and the bar stool is largely influenced by the age of steam industry; the torpedo-shaped lampshade on the ceiling makes it the special embellishment in the space.
▼酒吧入口配有艺术装置，the entrance of Bar features for an art installation
▼红色的墙壁饰面与岩石颜色对比，蒸汽时代的室内设计自成特色，Bar is featured for the red wall finishes and steam-industry style interior design
泳池：碧泉溶洞 | Pools: Biquan Cave
At the base of the quarry, the indoor pool space is built behind a glass wall. Stalactite-shaped feature ceilings and pillars have been designed in the pool space as to reproduce the environment of a Biquan cave. Under the natural light, the explorers playing in the pool space would still feel the cliff environment through the reflection of the glass wall. Meanwhile, artificial rocks and fun decorative features such as mushroom bubbles are used as to make the pool fancier.
▼透过泳池的玻璃幕墙，可以感受到室外雄伟的深坑崖壁，visitors can feel the cliff environment through the reflection of the glass wall of the pool
▼泳池内部运用人造石打造类似于蘑菇泡泡的趣味性装饰元素，artificial rocks and fun decorative features such as mushroom bubbles are used in the pool space
水下餐厅：水中秘境 | Undersea Restaurant: Uncharted Water
Explorers have found treasure – water curtain holes formed by the erosion of flowing water along cracks in the limestone surface. The ceiling of the underwater restaurant is designed as the hidden crystal that adds more colors to the rocks and reflects the beauty of the space and the surrounding environment. Seeing the fish swimming in surrounding water, guests can enjoy the most unique dining experience in the underwater world.
▼水下餐厅入口，仿佛流水沿石灰岩层面裂隙溶蚀、侵蚀而形成水帘洞，the entrance of Undersea restaurant, like water curtain holes formed by the erosion of flowing water along cracks in the limestone surface
▼用餐的同时可以观望水里的鱼群，guests can see the fish swimming in surrounding water while enjoying their dinner
▼水下餐厅室内，undersea restaurant interior view
客房 | Guest rooms
Besides, the hotel is built along the shape of the cliffs, so the topography and conditions at each floor are different; this has brought a big challenge to the guest room design. After categorizing the characteristics of each room type on each floor, there are total of three main floor plans that are designed, and each has a specific theme related to the geology of the quarry and to offer different staying experiences to the guests. Within the original quarry, there are different rock layers and colors, some of them are reddish and some are bluish grey. Based on the rock color containing different chemicals such as Iron, Hematite and Calcium Carbonate, CCD has designed three different types of rooms, employing a palette of red and blue as the interior decoration tones. The overall design of the guest rooms features elements of industrial style. As said before, story of mining is the inspiration of the soft decoration in guest rooms, therefore, emphasizing on the style of ‘wild luxury’, which you can see form the vintage lamp, leather products, vintage luggage suitcases, and so on. What worth mention is the usage of ergonomic, the height and size of furniture are all designed to make the explorers’ journey more convenient, depicting the delicacy of industrial style without compromising on the degree of comfort.
▼蓝灰色调的客房，guest room with a palette of blue interior decoration tones
▼红色色调的浴室，the bathroom with a palette of red
▼客房风格采取英伦工业风的设计元素，the overall design of the guest rooms features elements of industrial style
On the design side, CCD optimizes industrial style by applying delicate and detailed materials, such as the usage of tactile wall finishing, as to reproduce the original landscape scene of underground tunnel in which the guests would feel like walking and having an adventure in a quarry.
▼客房走道与客房电梯厅的墙体饰面隐约还原地岩矿坑隧道的原始风貌，the usage of tactile wall finishing reproduces the original landscape scene of underground tunnel
家庭套房：悬浮济舟 | Family Suite: Suspended Sent Boat
Sitting in a flat boat and visiting deep down of the lava cave. The family suite is a duplex type guestroom; the entrance of the room and the living room is located on B15 floor, surrounded by the sea world, and there is a staircase going up to the water surface on B14 floor, where the bedroom located, which is also equipped with kids-friendly space. The interior design of the suite is based on the luxury yacht, all the furniture is made with yacht details and, featured wooden facades ceiling that provides a voyaging experience for the guests.
▼家庭套房的入口和客厅被水围绕，the entrance of the room and the living room is surrounded by the sea world
▼生活起居室一角，位于水面之上，a corner of the bedroom which located above the water
蜜月套房：梦遇秘境 | Honeymoon Suite: Dreamy Wander in Wonderland
Honeymoon suites are located on the bottom floor. The balcony scenery is the aquarium. The interior design has applied glasses, together with the lighting effect to reflect the water waves through the entire suite. The guests can have the lovers’ world under the water, and enjoy the romantic and unforgettable moment.
▼蜜月套房起居室，living room of Honeymoon suite
▼墙面玻璃镜面材质的反射及光影塑造使水纹倒影映满整个套房，glasses and lighting effects reflect the water waves through the entire suite