Sheraton is opening a bucket-load of hotels this year, including 15 in China, and we can only hope they all look as awesome as this one, designed by Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the firm that also designed Canada's equally crazy Absolute World towers.
The $1.5 billion Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is on the south bank of Taihu Lake in China's Zhejiang Province and, measuring 100 meters high by 116 meters wide, takes up about 75 acres of real estate. At night, it lights up in a variety of colors, like the pink shown here, which kinda makes it look like a frosted donut being dipped in coffee. The LEDs on its exterior can even be animated so they produce patterns.
The horseshoe shape makes it so everyone inside--regardless of which of the 321 rooms they're staying at--can take in the lakeside view, while people on nearby land, presumably, gawk at the building.
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