Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
by MAD - more photos


Beijing studio MAD has revealed new photographs of its hotel shaped like a giant horseshoe at the edge of Taihu Lake in Huzhou, China (+ slideshow).

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort comprises a pair of matching 27-storey towers that are connected on the upper levels to form a smoothly curving arch across the water.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Ma Yansong of MAD designed the building for the Sheraton hotels chain, which was responsible for the interior fit out. A total of 282 guest rooms are contained inside, while additional villas and guest facilities are housed within several accompanying buildings.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Some rooms are already available, but the building will officially open in December - read more about the project in our earlier story.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

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Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD

Photography is by Xia Zhi.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Really? No piers where the building enters the water?

    • Cad Baboon

      Yes really. The photos clearly show an absence of piers.

  • ju

    The building changed colour from the previous photos?

  • Davide Barzaghi

    Oh my god… a giant horseshoe! I can’t stand this ****

  • Danny

    Love the low profile of the more indigenous local architecture with it’s relationship to the surrounding environment… And then there is a big ‘horse shoe’.

    Quite what that has to do with the local culture I can’t quite figure. Maybe it’s simply true; that most major architecture firms are somehow… ‘mad’…?

    • amsam

      Maybe it’s simply true that they weren’t interested in responding to the more indigenous local architecture. It doesn’t look that awesome to me. :)

  • Christine the Strawberry

    It’s a number 8 building. Lucky number in China.

  • T,.T

    Just another giant donut dip.

  • sultony

    It is a ring that contains something, so it appears that something is missing. Soon, they will fill it in because of demand for more rooms. Until then it will feature in the next Bond fim with someone flying through it. Totally absurd.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Sorry, didn’t mean to sling that one so far over your head.

  • Allan

    Its form possesses universal qualities. Not meant to relate to its environment. I like the tradition-free form.

  • anon

    London has its Gherkin. Huzhou has its cock ring.

  • Hongchao Wang

    Stop being brainwashed by the jealous Western media. Go to China, see the site and comment with your brain.

  • This is a redefinition of iconic architecture…
    Too bad western media will always find something silly to say about anything from China. Why not explain the amazing engineering that went into “crafting” this masterpiece?

    Great job MAD.

  • MargoO
  • These are so cool.