The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is a luxury hotel and resort located in Huzhou, China. The building stands on the shores of Lake Taihu. This 27-floor hotel takes a rather unique design for its structure- it is shaped like a doughnut or horseshoe standing on its side. Because of this unique feature, it is nicknamed as the Doughnut Hotel or the Horseshoe Hotel.
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort History
The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort was designed by architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects. It was built by the Shanghai Feizhou Group. Construction on the building started in 2007 and was completed sometime in 2013. It is considered as the very first five-star hotel ever to be built in mainland China.
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Profile
The unconventional design for the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort makes it looming figure over the Huzhou skyline, which is located near Shanghai. This 27-floor hotel and resort stands 102 meters high and has a width of 106 meters. It also has two basement levels, which connect the structure’s bottom ends. The luxury hotel features 321 rooms that include 44 suites and 39 villas. The ring shape design of the hotel allows all rooms to have balconies and views. The rooms can also receive daylight from all directions.
Building the ring-shape structure was possible by using a reinforced concrete core tube with its high capacity, lightweight and excellent earthquake resistance properties. The mesh structure of its curved surface adds more solid building strength reinforced by the steel structure shaped bridge connecting the two cone structures on the top floor. The hotel facade is covered with layers of fine textured glass set in place by white aluminum rings.
The design of the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort building was also intended to resemble a bright moon rising above Taihu Lake. In order to achieve this effect, 19,000 LED lights illuminate the facade at night. Because of this, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort has also become popularly known as the Moon Hotel.