Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Huzhou
Height
1
To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

102.2 m / 335 ft
2
Architectural:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

102.2 m / 335 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

87.3 m / 286 ft
Floors
Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

22
Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2
1 2 3 Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort Outline
Height 102.2 m / 335 ft
Floors 22
Official Name
The current legal building name.

Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

Other Names
Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Moon Hotel, Sheraton Tai Lake Resort

Type
CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building

Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished

Completed, 2013

Country
The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

China

City
The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Huzhou

Function
A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

hotel

Structural Material
Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

concrete/steel

Official Website

Sheraton Tai Lake Resort

Height
Architectural
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

102.2 m / 335 ft

To Tip
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).
102.2 m / 335 ft
Occupied
Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.
87.3 m / 286 ft
Floors Above Ground
The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

22

Floors Below Ground
The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

2

# of Parking Spaces
Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

50

# of Elevators
Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

7

Top Elevator Speed
Top Elevator Speed refers to the top speed capable of being achieved by an elevator within a particular building, measured in meters per second.

3.5 m/s

Tower GFA
Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

30,799 m² / 331,518 ft²

Construction Schedule
2007

Proposed

2008

Construction Start

2013

Completed

Material Supplier

Material Supplier refers to organizations which supplied significant systems/materials for a building project (e.g. elevator suppliers, facade suppliers, etc).

Elevator
Owner
Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort
Developer
Feizhou Group
Architect
Design

Usually involved in the front end design, with a "typical" condition being that of a leadership role through either Schematic Design or Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

MAD Architects
Structural Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

China Majesty Steel Structural Design Co., Ltd.
MEP Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

China Majesty Steel Structural Design Co., Ltd.
Contractor
Main Contractor

The main contractor is the supervisory contractor of all construction work on a project, management of sub-contractors and vendors, etc. May be referred to as "Construction Manager," however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Main Contractor" exclusively.

Shanghai Xian Dai Architecture Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Other Consultant

Other Consultant refers to other organizations which provided significant consultation services for a building project (e.g. wind consultants, environmental consultants, fire and life safety consultants, etc).

Façade

These are firms that consult on the design of a building's façade. May often be referred to as "Cladding," "Envelope," "Exterior Wall," or "Curtain Wall" Consultant, however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Façade Consultant" exclusively.

Zhejiang Zhongnan Curtain Wall Co., Ltd.
Landscape
EDSA
Material Supplier

Material Supplier refers to organizations which supplied significant systems/materials for a building project (e.g. elevator suppliers, facade suppliers, etc).

Elevator

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia 2014 Award of Excellence

2014 CTBUH Awards

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About Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort

The Sheraton Moon Tai Lake Resort hotel is located next to Nan Tai Lake in Huzhou, a city situated west of Shanghai and north of Hangzhou, with views to Suzhou and Wuxi across the lake. Since ancient times, Huzhou has been known as “the house of silk” and “the land of plenty," and is the only ancient cultural city in the Nan Tai Lake region. The hotel connects with this local context, referencing both traditional and modern conditions, and is iconic in its integration and reflective dialogue with the waterscape of Tai Lake.

The Moon Hotel takes full advantage of its waterfront by directly integrating architecture and nature. The circular building corresponds with its reflection in the water, creating a surreal image and mutable connection between solid reality and an aquatic phantom. Beneath the sunlight and the reflection of the lake, the curved shape of the building is crystal clear. When night falls, the entire building is brightly illuminated by both its interior and exterior lighting. Soft light wraps around the hotel and the water, resembling the bright moon rising above the lake, blending classical China and modern China in an interlocking embrace.

From the beginning, designing an inhabitable vertical glass ring posed a great challenge for the structural engineers. It was eventually decided that a reinforced concrete-core tube would be most lightweight, most capable of containing a dense program, and most earthquake-resistant. However, it was also a challenge to implement a concrete structure and meet the goal of reducing environmental pollution during construction. The mesh-covered, curved surface structure gives the building its necessary rigidity, which is further enhanced by the bridge-like bracing steel structure that connects with the double-cone structure at the top floor. The hotel façade is covered with layers of fine-textured white aluminum rings and glass, creating a sense of drama and ambiguity around the building's scale.

The thin shape of the structure allows for maximal ventilation to the various rooms and suites. Each floor also has open-air terraces, shielding the interior from direct sunlight during the summer, while allowing for sunlight to penetrate the interior during winter. It is common to see people enjoying the sunlit warmth from their balconies during the summer. The outdoor space at the top of the structure acts to supplant the footprint at the ground by providing a roof garden for the enjoyment of guests.

The annular shape of the hotel provides all rooms with favorable views of the waterfront and surrounding city, while allowing for maximal natural light in all directions. The arc-like public space at the top of the building has great open views and acts as a “mid-air” multi-purpose room for large-scale activities. The experience of being at the top invokes a feeling of floating over the lake.

Through all of these gestures, the Moon Hotel emphasizes the harmony between man and nature, and enhances visitors' sensual and spiritual experiences. It stands as Huzhou's new symbol of the connection between humanity and nature, past, present and future.

CTBUH Awards & Distinctions

Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia 2014 Award of Excellence

2014 CTBUH Awards