Shanghai’s ultra-extravagant subterranean
lair hotel actually seems to be coming along quite nicely now. Bond villains everywhere rejoice!
Much like the building of the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, there have been a few hiccups along the way. Earlier this decade, British engineering firm Atkins won the rights to design a luxury hotel deep within a 100-meter pit in Shanghai Songjiang District near the base of Tianmashan Mountain — because why not?
They officially broke ground in April 2012, and then started construction in November 2013… and we hadn’t heard much about the project since. Originally, it was scheduled to finish in late 2014 or early 2015, but that’s been pushed back to 2017.
When it’s finished it will boast 380 rooms in 19 floors, two of which will be underwater. Guests will be able to enjoy watersports on the lake at the bottom of the pit, and rock climb or bungee jump off the surrounding cliffs.
For reference, here’s what the giant hole looked like in April:
And here’s what they are going for…
[Images via Xinhua]