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Montalba Architects, Inc.

Montalba Architects, Inc.

Santa Monica, CA

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The material palette takes inspiration from the Malibu coastline and Japanese culture
The material palette takes inspiration from the Malibu coastline and Japanese culture
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Nobu

With its panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Nobu’s low horizontal profile hugs the bluff along the famed Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, blending the Japanese notion of integration with the land and a quintessentially Californian celebration of light and openness.  The bright palette of natural materials, including board-form concrete, bleached wood, and stone, reflects the abundant daylight emitted through clerestories and enormous floor-to-ceiling window walls.  Wood plank and decomposed granite walkways wind through native planting and the shoji-inspired screen entry doors and into the space, where intimate dining nooks and continuous view corridors reinforce the linearity and connection to the outdoors.  Sheltered outdoor decks and interior fire features allow diners to enjoy the beachfront views in an elegant yet comfortable setting year-round.

 
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Status: Built
Location: Malibu, CA, US
My Role: Executive Architect
Additional Credits: Studio PCH, LLC - Designer

 
Open-air skylights over the deck lounge
Open-air skylights over the deck lounge
Diners enjoy sunset on the dining deck
Diners enjoy sunset on the dining deck
Teak and board-formed concrete wrap from exterior to interior
Teak and board-formed concrete wrap from exterior to interior
Additional lounge areas are nested within the site
Additional lounge areas are nested within the site
Each dining area enjoys abundant filtered natural light
Each dining area enjoys abundant filtered natural light
Interior teak details are inspired by Japanese shoji screens
Interior teak details are inspired by Japanese shoji screens

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