Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
by MAD

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A hotel shaped like a giant horseshoe by Ma Yansong of Beijing studio MAD is set to open later this year on the edge of a lake in Huzhou, China.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort was designed by MAD as a pair of curvaceous towers that connect on the upper levels to create an arched profile. Located on the edge of Taihu Lake, the building's iconic shape is reflected in the still waters.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Architect Ma Yansong says the form was inspired by the traditional bridges depicted in old Chinese paintings.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

"Throughout China's history, people have always pursued a harmonious relationship with nature and this has become a major part of Chinese culture and tradition," he said. "Huzhou itself is a place famous for traditional ink paintings and splendid water views, and the arch bridge is one of the key elements of traditional architecture."

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

He added: "By incorporating this iconic ring-shape, my goal was to design a contemporary resort that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding environment while evoking the beautiful arch bridge over Taihu Lake."

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

The 27-storey building contains a total of 282 guest rooms, but also encompasses 39 villas with access to hot springs. Additional facilities are contained within separate buildings and offer a variety of restaurants, a ballroom, conference suites and a wedding centre.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Although some rooms are already available, the building will officially open in December.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Other projects completed by MAD in the last year include an icicle-shaped museum for wooden sculptures in northeast China and a pair of curvaceous twisted skyscrapers in Canada.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

  • leo

    Sexual feeling…