After completion, the hotel will house around 400 rooms, including conference facilities capable of accommodating up to 1000 people, a banquet hall, eateries, bistros and cafes, a swimming pool and a water-sports center. The pair of underwater floors will have an aquarium with glass walls that face-off onto an underwater restaurant and guest rooms.
The building will use geothermal power mechanisms to produce its own electrical energy and lights, while greenery shall layer the roofs that shall extend just two storeys above the periphery of the quarry. The roof of the hotel will rise only be 15 m above the cave. The idea is to take maximum advantage of this unique land-form to create a hanging garden in the air. Visitors will also have the luxury of viewing the hundred-foot high waterfall from their hotel room windows.
The hotel forms part of the larger scheme to build the Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, an extensive theme park being constructed by the Shimao Group in association with Inter-Continental group of hotels. Sustainability will be one of the key factors essential to Atkins' design of this unique resort.
It is manifested through a walkway above the lake through which guests will enter the hotel complex through a sun-lit internal which integrates the vacant rock face, with its waterfalls and green foliage. With so much of grandeur involved, the $529 million Songjiang Cave Hotel is expected to take around three years to build and guests could be staying in the resort by 2015 - with rooms likely to cost upwards of $300 a night.