Nobu Hospitality, the lifestyle brand founded by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, has announced the preview, first-phase opening of Nobu Hotel Chicago on July 1.
Situated in Chicago’s West Loop, the hotel will feature 115 guestrooms and suites; a signature Nobu restaurant and bar on the ground level, the Rooftop at Nobu; flexible meeting and event space; a fitness center; and an indoor serenity swimming pool.
The hotel was designed by Modif Architecture and Studio K with the company’s signature aesthetic of a Japanese influence blended with the urban style of Chicago’s West Loop. Like the weathered beauty of Japan’s oldest buildings, natural materials in varying layers are left intentionally imperfect. There is also a dramatic use of proportion throughout the space with unusually high ceilings offset by low furniture. The hotel provides a strikingly simple and tranquil space—anything unnecessary has been left out to keep it free from clutter.
Studio K also created rooms that are linear, high-end, and intimate. Sisal and wool rugs, mango wood millwork, and indigo accents incorporate textured, natural materials with Japanese roots. Built-in millwork, a feature typically reserved for residential designs, feels high-end and permanent. The ultra-contemporary, custom artwork by Dutch artist Noor van Spaendonck brings in a pop of color.
Photo: Courtesy of Nobu Hospitality