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 .
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, 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. 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.
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.