Continuing a longtime collaboration with Nobu Matsuhisa, Rockwell Group has designed the first freestanding Nobu Restaurant, located at Doha's Four Seasons Hotel. Emerging from the sparkling waters of Doha Bay, the three-story, ovoid structure anchors the northern end of the city's grand corniche. Natural materials that reflect the culture and cuisine of Japan are present at every turn, but Nobu Dohu is also completely of its place.
The restaurant's three glazed tiers are wrapped in ribbons of pale river stone and capped with bronze accents. Special lighting turns the coiled shell into a beacon.
In the double-height main dining room, guests are enveloped by woven abaca panels made by the Philippine artist Ken Cobonpue.
Pale river stones make the building seem like a natural extension of the shore, while the city is on 360-degree-display.