Hats off to the InterContinental Hotel System for what must be one of the most stunning land reclamation project to come along in a long time.
Working together with the British firm Atkins (engineers for the 2012 London Olympics) and Shimao Property officials in China’s Songjiang District within Shanghai, InterContinental has started construction on a 19 story hotel complex to be built in an abandoned and very ugly former stone quarry.
At first glance the site seems totally unsuitable for a luxury hotel but the designers are planning a total revitalization of the area. When it opens in 2015, the 380 guest room resort site will feature a towering waterfall, expansive lake, and an underwater restaurant.
With such amenities and an opening rack rates of $320 per night, what chef wouldn’t want to be on this property’s culinary team?
Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2012