Exquisite Chinese architecture Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort,
Sheraton Moon Hotel is located beside Nan Tai Lake in Huzhou, which is west of Shanghai and north of Hangzhou.
The hotel overlooks Suzhou and Wuxi across the lake,
and the ancient Chinese called Huzhou “the House of Silk” and “the land of plenty.”
It is the only ancient city of culture in the surrounding area named after the lake,
and a favorable cultural and geographical environment, both traditional and modern, fills the hotel’s ambiance.
Its unique design integrates the building into the watery landscape of Lake Tay,
creating an artificially poetic echo of the landscape.
The hotel’s waterfront directly integrates architecture and nature,
as the building corresponds to its reflection in the water.
This alignment creates a surreal image and a connection between reality and reflection,
so that the curved shape of the building is perfectly visible under the sunlight and the reflection of the lake.
The entire building is illuminated with indoor and outdoor lighting at nightfall,
so that the dim light wraps around the hotel and the water, making it look like a bright moon rising above the lake,
and blends classic and modern through reflection.
The obvious circular shape of the structural design also posed a major challenge.
Hotel engineering design
A “reinforced concrete core tube” has been implemented that is characterized by high capacity,
light weight and excellent earthquake resistance, while at the same time reducing environmental pollution during construction.
The lattice curved roof structure has helped make the building more rigid,
thanks to the bridge-like steel structure, which connects to the double conical structure on the upper floor.
Architect Ma Yansong used layers of smooth white aluminum rings and glass to cover the building’s facadeو
to create a harmony of illusion and drama on a building scale.
Due to the hotel’s annular shape, all rooms in the hotel feature good views with increased natural light in all directions.
Exquisite Chinese architecture Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
The public space of the hotel, which resembles an arch at the top,
has great open views, which can serve as an ‘out in the air’ for large-scale activities.
While you are in the hotel you will feel as if you are floating on a lake,
as the design of the hotel focuses on creating harmony between man and nature.
It also enhances the sensory and spiritual experiences of the visitors,
making it undoubtedly the new Huzhou symbol of humanity and nature.
The design is based on the idea of unity and infinity,
the design expresses a full oval shape connected at the bottom by two underground levels,
whose image is reflected in the lake and looks like the glow of a full moon.
The designer, architect Ma Yansong, said:
“the shape was inspired by the traditional bridges represented in ancient Chinese paintings”.
Huzhou is a popular place for traditional ink painting, splendid views of the water,
and the arched bridge is one of the main elements of its traditional architecture.
The resort is richly decorated on the inside, its walls covered in various types of jade and the ceiling covered with European glass lamps are large waves formed by 20,000 Swarovski crystal lobby while the floor is paved with Afghan jade and the white eye of Trigre Brazil.
The 27-storey hotel has 321 rooms, including 44 suites and 39 villas, all with private balconies.
Marble is used to cover the bathrooms, which have a deep soaking tub and a large shower with rain shower.
Within the constituent buildings of the complex there is a separate “spa town” with 8 villas, 40 hot springs and a yacht dock.
The resort has a guest club, ballroom and a variety of restaurants and bars.
The hotel offers many facilities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center,
which includes high-tech machines, cardiovascular equipment, and indoor and outdoor stretching areas.
Spa facilities include a steam room, saunas and a hydrotherapy tub in each locker room.
The luxurious resort features arcades and ceilings inlaid with citrine, a type of jade symbolizing wealth.
While the red cryolite or silk road type is used as a decoration on some fronts and on the offices of cleaners.
Although the décor is a luxury resort, some efforts have been made to reduce the energy consumption of the project.
And unlike traditional facades created using glass curtain wall, often in hotel design,
The hotel does not need to install a large number of air conditioning units,
because the shape of the building provides shade for all balconies and promotes natural ventilation
The ultra-white glass also allows for natural light in all rooms,
eliminating the need for additional artificial lighting during the day,
saving energy and creating a pleasant atmosphere.
During the evening lighting, LED accessories enliven the facade,
revealing textures and colorful patterns that reflect off the water’s surface.