Without a doubt the biggest changes to our world as we enter a new, modern era is the distinct respect for our environment. Long gone are days of reckless industrialism as we wash out pollutants and usher in conservation. To the eyes of an ordinary person, the aesthetics are welcomed but often disregard their efficiency in greener energy solutions. It is this that challenges many Post-21st Century Architects. Songjiang Hotel, designed by Atkins architecture firm is a big player in the revolution of architecture, especially in Shanghai, China. Atkins won the international competition to design this five-star resort hotel. Beset upon a magnificent quarry, shouldered by abundant waters; it is an intricate, yet careful project that means to crush any doubt that a safe investment in greener buildings can often yield a sound structural design of aesthetics.
Jutting from its lush, beautiful greenery, the Songjiang stands impressively above cliffs and rugged rock forms. Its design incorporates over 400 bed layouts, capable of holding up to 1,000 guests with on suite banquets, restaurants and amenities, all while showing a clear respect for its environment. Backed by a sustainability program, the hotel emits high energy levels at low cost, featuring eco-friendly roofing and geothermal resource.
Shocking is a word best used for its “pseudo-waterfall” design, an imaginative layout of glass. The hotel sits nestled between an amazing backdrop of resources, water not only used as energy but as an immediate line drawn to the culturally respective, while taking the users breath away with long lasting memories of a hotel that shaped the future. A true respect is shown in this project for ecological design that makes not only the concept beautiful but the end result pleasing as well.