By Hafeez Baig
Ever since man began developing, structures have come a long way in progress. Via very simple structures, civil engineering has now joined the world of development construction challenges; somewhere determined by architectural requirements and somewhere quite impossible to reach locations or places.
One such example is of Songjiang Shimao Resort which is currently under development in Songjiang, China. Only very recently, Atkins, an English (British engineering) company, propounded construction of an attractive developing increasing far downwards into a 100 meter pit located near the base of Tianmashan Hill. The Shimao Amazing Intercontinental Resort which includes 19 floors and 380 bedrooms is exclusive in its style as it is being built on the site of an abandoned and otherwise neglected open pit my own.
The design of this high class resort involves underwater lounges and guestrooms. The water of the quarry will be used to flood some part of the hotel; providing it a look of engrossed building in a wonderful lake. The pictures display a synthetic waterfall cascading down into the stone near the front part of the hotel. The main lounge, wreathed in green plants and natural stone, would be lighted through sunshine. Moreover the Hotel would have sports facilities; some of its extra features include rock climbing and bungee jumping and also an aquarium almost ten meters deep.
One very interesting attribute which should get a special mention here is that the five-star resort uses geothermal energy to meet up with its electrical and heating requirements. The nearby stone provides good protection from heat and environment.
Around (US) $555 million have already been spent in the venture by The Shanghai Shimao Property Group and the Hotel is predicted to begin performing between late 2014 and beginning 2015.