Occupying a tight Shoreditch plot, the 150-bedroom hotel follows the street line, and incorporates a lush sunken pocket park. The hotel's concrete cladding, creative textiles and warm fabrics create an elegant aesthetic.
Architect: Ron Arad Architects, Ben Adams Architects
Client: Willow Corp
Contractor: MTD Contractors
About the project
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, its first in Europe, is an award-winning travel destination with a renowned Japanese restaurant occupying a tight urban plot, the hotel follows the street line and accents its strong linear form with horizontal steel and concrete fins at each floor level. A playful, informal grid of boardmarked concrete panels and generous full height glazing expresses the range of activities contained within the hotel, dematerialising at its sloping southern end to give sculptural presence to a lush sunken pocket park.
Subtle material cues demarcate the public and private layers of the hotel. Refined bronze portals signal the hotel and restaurant entrances. Overlaying its raw concrete frame, timber, echoing the hotel's concrete cladding, creative textiles and warm fabrics create an earthy, elegant aesthetic that delivers a variety of moods in its public spaces. This materiality creates a seamless link between the double height bar/restaurant in the hotel basement and the landscaped garden that adjoins this space. Sliding bamboo screens sandwiched within the hotel's glazed cladding give flexible degrees of privacy to the suites that overlook the sunken garden and the 150 bedrooms occupying its upper floors, while maintaining a strong sense of harmony with the building's architectural treatment as a whole.
Sitting happily among Shoreditch's re-purposed warehouses and factories, Nobu Hotel is a bold architectural statement whose marriage of complexity and urban generosity delivers a global destination in the heart of London's most vibrant neighbourhood.