Converted from a 1950’s beach front hotel, this now luxury resort has Tim Ford vibes in its modern classic aesthetic. Designed by Studio PCH and Montalba Architects, this is set to be the first Japanese-inspired hotel in a line of getaway locations by Nobu. Situated next to the famous sushi restaurant’s Malibu location, the design is subtle in its influence and the boutique hotel Nobu Ryokan Malibu is set along a string of expensive waterfront properties. The word ryokan is the name of a style of small Japanese inns that have existed for around 400 years.
The design focus is around the concept of Omotenashi, the Japanese art of hospitality. The calming lines and structured garden manage to carefully blend luxury with the theatre and craft that is expected and enjoyed by the Nobu clientele. The 16 rooms, spread over two floors, share panoramic views of the sea. The influence is seen in the use of wood, tatami mats, paneling and minimalist furniture- including hand crafted teak soaking tubs. The characteristic natural colour pallet and earthy materials, combined with rectangular edges, add a sense of balance to the design. Nevertheless, equipped with a spacious facilities and garden of native plants, the abundance of openness and the relaxing atmosphere make the hotel sit perfectly on the Malibu coast.
Nobu’s Japanese Influenced Hotel