Nobu Residences Toronto Wins Prestigious IIDA Global Excellence Award for its Acclaimed Presentation GalleryJan 22, 2018
Nobu Residences Toronto, the highly anticipated high-rise anchoring Canada’s first Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant was honoured with a prestigious International Interior Design Association Award for its remarkable presentation gallery. The IIDA Global Excellence Awards honour and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the creation of international Interior Design/ Interior Architecture projects from around the globe.
Venerable interior design firm Studio Munge, which envisioned the space and is overseeing the interior design for the integrated residences, hotel and restaurant, and principals from developer Madison Group were recognized for their vision during a ceremony that took place on January 20, 2018 in Paris, France.
North America’s first integrated Nobu Residences, Nobu Hotel and Nobu Restaurant was announced last summer at a media event in the presentation gallery attended by Nobu Hospitality founders, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro and Hollywood producer Meir Teper.
The gallery is a design marvel – with the team electing to control the natural light in order to maintain the luxury brand’s exclusivity, and transporting visitors into a modern oasis representative of the Nobu lifestyle. The interplay between the ethereal living elements and the lack of natural light allows guests to absorb themselves in the tranquil atmosphere, evoking a desirable cadence for one’s residential life.
“Unlike most presentation centres, the Nobu Gallery is a completely immersive experience that allows visitors to suspend outside influences,” said Josh Zagdanski, Vice President, Hi-Rise, Madison Group. “When we first discussed concepts with the visionary team at Studio Munge, they understood that the Nobu lifestyle is not only the embodiment of sophisticated materials that will enhance the building, but that the space must capture a specific sensibility that people identify with. The Nobu Gallery is a very special environment and perfectly heightens that feeling. We are immensely proud that it is being recognized globally.”
Embodying the elements of a Japanese reflection pond, guests enter a long corridor enformed by a symmetrical water feature. The many delicate streams of water flow downwards from the ceiling, gathering in a curved pool which is integrated into the jet-black stone floor. The rhythm of the water is a metronome of tranquility as guests emerge into the open space amongst interior walls shaped with blonde, vertical wood slats reminiscent of the Japanese wood, Hinoki.
Absent of all natural light, the space transforms into an intimate succession of lounge seating illuminated by soft, ambient lighting. Oversized black and white portraits autographed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro welcome guests into the model suite. A model kitchen and living room invite guests to experience the brand’s offerings through elegant marble surfaces and refined modern furnishings while suspending the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan downtown experience outside the presentation gallery’s boundaries.
Construction for Nobu Residences Toronto is expected to begin in 2018.