Securing the world’s first underwater quarry hotel


ASSA ABLOY has offered total door opening solutions to the award-winning Shimao Wonderland Inter Continental Hotel in Shanghai, China.

While many hotels boast with grand views from the world’s tallest buildings, the pioneering five-star hotel is being built inside a quarry, 100 meters below ground level with its bottom two floors under water. The impressive structure will be fitted with ASSA ABLOY-branded architectural hardware and Henderson’s well-designed telescopic sliding doors. ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions customized high-end branded hardware, including concealed door closers, hinges, and panic exit devices, in a dark bronze shade to suit the hotel’s luxurious feel and color scheme.

“The hotel’s intricate design made the project challenging,” said York Gong, sales manager of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions. “The landmark building’s hardware not only required a customized color in line with the hotel’s prestigious design, but also good visual appeal on top of its functionality and security.”

Designed by British firm Atkins under the leadership of renowned architect Martin Jochman, the groundbreaking project has already won a number of international awards, including the gold award for Chinese Future Architecture, the Best International Hotel Architecture, and the Best Luxury Hotel Architecture, among others. 

Work started in 2006 and is expected to exceed US$151 million by the time the interiors are fitted. The project’s most impressive feature is a vertical glass atrium above the hotel disguised as an artificial waterfall. Impressed by ASSA ABLOY’s professional technical and services support, the customer has expressed their satisfaction with the high quality products and scope of total door opening solutions, from hardware to doors and all the necessary accessories.