The oddest-looking hotel you'll see this year

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BEIJING. August 2. KAZINFORM Is it a donut? A horseshoe? A bowlegged cowboy? Sheraton's latest China property is anything but conventional.

Love 'em or hate 'em, you can't accuse China's architects of playing it safe or being boring.

Last month, the world watched (with some skepticism) as China broke ground on the world's tallest building - the construction team behind the projected 838-meter Sky City plans to whip it up in an unbelievable 10 months.

This month, U.S.-based hotel brand Sheraton is opening what might be the oddest-looking piece of hotel architecture you'll see this year, CNN says.

Designed by much-hyped Beijing-based architect Ma Yansong of MAD architects, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort is made up of "layers" of floors to create a ring that rises from the south bank of Huzhou's Taihu Lake.

Called the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Springs Resort, the property is just more than 100 meters high and 116 meters wide, covering an area of 75 acres with a total floor area of 95,000 square meters.

Interior spaces aren't too shabby, either.

The lobby features a wave-like series of lights made up of 20,000 Swarovski crystals.

The floor is paved with Afghan white jade and Brazilian tiger's eye stone. Just because.

The hotel's 27 floors have 321 rooms, including 40 suites, 37 villas and presidential suites.

Such a property doesn't come cheap.

Sheraton pegs the cost at $1.5 billion dollars, calling the design "the perfect embodiment of water, giving every room a view of the lake, natural light and ventilation no matter where it is located."

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