Posted: May 2, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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While many architects and engineers have been vying to construct the world’s tallest tower, a group in China has looked to build in the opposite direction. Construction began last month on Shanghai’s first “groundscraper”—a structure built almost completely below the surface. The massive project will eventually take form as the InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland, a 19-story, 380-room luxury hotel surrounded by a 428,000 square-meter theme park. The hotel broke ground about 30 miles from the city of Shanghai in an abandoned quarry at the foot of Tianmashan Mountain. The building, located in the district of Songjiang, will be grafted onto the side of the quarry with 16 floors descending down and three floors resting above the crater. (via In China, an underground luxury hotel | SmartPlanet)

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