Nobu Ryokan
Malibu, California
This boutique hotel combines minimalist Japanese aesthetic with the elegance of the California coastline
PROJECT TYPE
Boutique Hotel
Client
North Broadway Ventures, LLC / Renaissance Partners, LLC
STATUS
Completed 2017
SIZE
9,000 square feet
SCOPE
Renovation of a Boutique Hotel including reception, 16 guest suites, sun deck, courtyard and gardens.
PROJECT TEAM
Design Architect: Studio PCH
Architect: Montalba Architects, Inc.
Interior Designer: TAL Studio
Builder: Shawmut Design & Construction
Structural: William Blakeney, Inc
Lighting Designer: Bouyea and Associates
MEP: MMM Group Limited
Photographer: Studio PCH, Dylan + Jeni

Overview
Located along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, Nobu Ryokan is a completely renovated 1950s-era beach motel that combines the minimalist aesthetic of traditional Japanese inns with the cool elegance of the California coastline. A simple, veiled entrance opens onto an ocean-facing courtyard. around which the bungalows face. The different buildings are brought together with a unified palette, which flows seamlessly from outdoors to indoors: exterior limestone pavers become inlays in the reception area’s teak flooring, then turn vertically up the walls at the sculptural main entry stair and fireplace surround; built-in teak millwork in each of the 16 guestrooms suggests the lattice-like exposed cedar rafter ceiling; large wood and glazed doors and skylights bring natural light deep into the interiors of the suites. Integrated landscape elements push and pull against the building facade to create pocket gardens, while dramatic eaves and sliding wooden screens at the balconies and lower level courtyards provide shade and privacy for guests.

PROCESS
GROUND FLOOR PLAN
SECOND FLOOR PLAN
AERIAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTO
AERIAL CONSTRUCTION PHOTO 2
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