The famed international restaurant NOBU has arrived in the district of Polanco. Designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos, this restaurant is housed within the ground floor of a beautiful old Californian Colonial-style mansion built in 1953 and originally known as the “Casa Calderón.”
The basic concept for the intervention in this magnificent building in order to transform it into Nobu Polanco was to integrate the elements of water, earth and air. This is a reflection of both the exquisite original ornamentation of the mansion, and the international Nobu concept.
The ground floor comprises three narrow bays contained within the original layout of the house. These were subjected to a new distribution, with the first bay being assigned to service and circulation areas. The other two zones are given over the dining experience.
The materials chosen for the interior design are dominated by dark and neutral colors, with the intention of emphasizing the carvings and furniture using lighting design and highlighting. The constant presence of natural elements with a strong character, including stone, wood and metal, was key to defining the warmth of the spaces.
These long, narrow bays suggest the idea of a dimly-lit cave with a number of distinct spaces linked visually by the original carved stone ornamental arches, which cross a water pool to give on to a semi-open, triple-height courtyard area bathed in natural light. This courtyard is contained by high walls covered with irregular slabs of stone and niches illuminated by candles, and a significant presence of vegetation.