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.
Architect Ma Yansong says the form was inspired by the traditional bridges depicted in old Chinese paintings.
"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."
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."
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.
Although some rooms are already available, the building will officially open in December.
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.
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