Opening in December 2020, Nobu Hotel London Portman Square will, after much anticipation, begin to welcome guests to its latest hospitality venture set in the heart of Marylebone. The 249-room hotel occupies the prominent corner of Marylebone’s Portman Square and will house a signature Nobu Restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace among many other phenomenal spaces. Conceptualised by award-winning David Collins studio, who were the masterminds behind the common spaces, and Make Architects, who worked in conjunction with the studio to create the rooms and suites, the final result applies a contemporary approach to both aesthetics and hospitality, taking inspiration from traditional and minimalist Japanese design whilst utilising a refined colour palette and celebrating the art of craftsmanship.
As part of the design process, David Collins extensively researched Japanese crafts and arts, as well as the traditional architecture, panelling and patterns associated with the culture to reference those techniques in a contemporary reinterpretation. An ordered architectural framework and natural materials dominate the interiors to “create a sense of flow, uniformity and rhythm, inviting guests to move through the space seamlessly”. The studio’s decision in using a mix of warm, natural imbues results in a calm and tranquil feeling in the lobby, whilst punctuations of colour in the bar, lobby lounge and Nobu restaurant add elements of glamour.
“Central to the unique aesthetic of Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is a focus on exceptional craftsmanship, from hand blown glass chandeliers and bespoke lighting pieces to large scale sculptures and original artworks.”
Upon entering the lobby, a five-metre-tall kinetic sculpture created by artist Ivan Black hangs from the elevated ceiling and features rotating metal fins that casts subtle light and shade across the room to evoke a sense of theatre.
Another central installation includes the sculptural cloud statement pendant light created by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert which is suspended above the reception console and exemplifies the hotel’s hand-crafted approach to design. Maxwell employed “traditional glass-blowing techniques to create a one of a kind lighting sculpture”.
All rooms and suites in the hotel are brilliantly designed by Make Architects, who through their designs, achieved a distinct character and allure influenced primarily by Japanese minimalist aesthetics and complemented by bold artistic expressions in the striking wall prints, bespoke lighting and textural colour palette.
An incredible hospitality undertaking which showcases design triumph through its interiors and finishes, we can’t wait to pay a visit to the latest addition of London’s fabulous design-led hospitality scene.
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