Someone Put a HOTEL in a QUARRY in China!

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We’ve seen this done with football stadiums, amusement parks and shopping complexes (with the last two examples having already happened in San Antonio), but architect
Martin Jochman and his studio JADE + QA had gone ahead and designed a hotel in a quarry. In fact, the International Shanghai Wonderland Hotel (a.k.a. the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental) — located in Songjiang, Shanghai, China and opened on November 15th of last year — is the world’s first hotel to be designed and built in a quarry, in which only two levels are above ground, while the other 16 levels rest among and into the quarry below. The building’s international award-winning design (which won said award all the way back in 2006) includes amenities such as an underwater restaurant and aquarium (located in the two lowest underwater levels), all set within a form aiming to minimize its impact on the local environment.

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Steven Holl’s Competition-Winning Museum Design Inspired by Historic 9th Century Fortress

Courtesy of Steven Holl

Steven Holl Architects international competition-winning design for the Angers Collectors Museum and nearby hotel in the historic city of Angers, France is an example of architectural history influencing and being paid homage in modern architectural projects. Their design — via collaboration with developers Compagine de Phalsbourg — takes inspiration from the nearby 9th century Chateau d’Angers fortress, and aims to create the city’s new cultural gateway. The museum’s exposed titanium and concrete connects to the linear hotel with a weaving clear adn translucent glass facade — inspired by the 14th century Apocalypse Tapestry on display at the Chateau d’Angers. But the historic connections don’t stop there; there will also exist a sereis of reflecting pools that will reference the river that used to consume that same site. Continue reading “Steven Holl’s Competition-Winning Museum Design Inspired by Historic 9th Century Fortress”

These Ice Buildings are Really…Cool. I Apologize.

Again, sorry about that pun; I’ve been watching “Batman & Robin” because I felt a need to punish myself. Anyways, we typically think of buildings being made of materials like concrete, brick, steel, and other things.  But what about ICE; you know frozen water?  I’m taking about entire structures made of the stone cold stuff, not some piece of novelty furniture or some bar you saw on television. Here are 5 of my favorite and extravagant complete ice structures found ACROSS THE WORLD!! Continue reading “These Ice Buildings are Really…Cool. I Apologize.”

Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel

Upon initially seeing this picture below, the first thought that came to mind was:

“This is probably what the ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ would have built if the story took place in the late 20th-to-early 21st century.”

This is the “Tubohotel,” located in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, which is less than an hour away from Mexico City.  The hotel was designed by T3arc, whose goal was to swiftly build a hotel at a low cost, and it is an affordable hotel that utilizes recycled concrete tubing for the rooms, which allows the rooms to showcase some amazing views of the area’s landscape and natural features.  The Tubohotel is said to have been inspired by architect Andreas Strauss’ Das ParkHotel. In contrast, the Tubohotel’s concrete modules have included some glass to provide better panoramic views for the guests (mainly of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco). Legend has it that Tepoztlan (the site of the Tubohotel) is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, Mexico’s ancient feathered serpent god.   Continue reading “Concrete Tubing Recycled into Affordable "All-Tube" Hotel”