Generally, we like our hotels luxurious and beautiful. But sometimes, you just want something a little different—like a hotel shaped like a donut, or a capsule hanging off a cliff's edge.
…a Jet-Setting Plane maybe?
One look at China's "Doughnut Hotel"—otherwise known as the Sheraton
Huzhou Hot Spring Resort—and it's little surprise that its architect, Beijing-born Ma Yansong,
was named as one of the most creative people in architecture. The newly
opened resort actually consists of three buildings, two of which curve
to form a 27-story torus that towers over Taihu Lake, west of Shanghai
in the Yangtze River Delta.
The Ecocamp’s design is inspired by the dwellings of the Kawésqar, the
all-but-extinct nomadic seafarers who devised domed huts to withstand
100-mile-per-hour winds. Though the 24 geodesic domes, run entirely on
hydro- and solar power, provide some domestic comforts—bathrooms have
flush toilets and running water—staying here isn’t for anyone unwilling
to be immersed in the elements.
A "oneness" theme is
central to Tom and Rosey Chudleigh's woodland hideaway on Vancouver
Island: Each of the couple's three rentable spheres was designed to
blend innocuously into its natural surroundings. The cosy modules are
strung to 15 feet off the ground with heavy-duty ropes and are anchored
by nearby timber; they sway ever so gently with the whims of Mother
Nature (or more turbulently as guests move about inside). The orbs are
wired with electricity and stay toasty-warm in winter. Guests must be 16