IRVINE – December 6, 2019 – WATG is returning from the 2019 World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam this week, after presenting the shortlisted Nobu Hotel Los Cabos in the category of Completed Buildings – Hotel and Leisure – at RAI.
Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, which features Architecture and Landscape Architecture by WATG and interiors by Studio PCH, is situated on the southernmost tip of the Baja Peninsula, and offers 200 guest rooms and suites, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, spa, retail, infinity pools, private cabanas and a variety of bars and dining.
Completed in March, Nobu Hotel Los Cabos is the first ground-up hotel for the brand. The design merges Japanese principles from the Nobu brand with local Mexican inspiration to create a luxurious experience unique to the Cabo lifestyle. Nobu Hotel Los Cabos, the culinary soul of the brand, is nestled close to the ocean’s shore, creating an immersive atmosphere with glass interiors that form a connection to the Pacific and salt air.
WATG’s Irvine-based design team, led by Monica Cuervo, Mark Yoshizaki and Lance Walker, pushed boundaries by delivering a high caliber luxury resort in an extraordinary international setting. Focused on the details, guests move from the exterior with ease thanks to the contemporary clean lines throughout the entire property, into the luxurious ambiance of the hotel interior that combines Japanese joinery techniques integrated into bespoke furniture pieces, teak soaking tubs, Shoji inspired closet doors and trellises. To make up for the lack of a swimmable beach on the property, WATG designed a variety of pool environments and water features incorporating local materials to bring elements of the sea to the guests.
The 2019 finalists in the Completed Buildings – Hotel and Leisure Category were:
- Ranwu Lake, Changdu, China
- Lindis Lodge, Omarama, New Zealand
- Glass-less House: Pavilion for Yoga and Pool in XY Yunlu Hotel, Yangjia Village, China
- Ahsa Farmstay, Mae Chan, Thailand
- The Museum Hotel Antakya, Antakya, Turkey
- The Opera Terrace, Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom
- Hanna Boutique Hotel, Tehran, Iran
- Hotel Birks, Montreal, Canada
- The Ting, Tejakula, Tejakula, Bali
- Gloriette: A travel through time network of architecture, Ritten, Italy
- Mohr Life: The theatrical spa network of architecture, Leermoos, Austria
- Pine Villa, Huangshan, China
- Solaz Los Cabos, Los Cabos, Mexico
- Fuchun New Century Wonderland Resort of Hangzhou: The Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China
- Morpheus Hotel, Cotai, Macau
The World Architecture Festival is the only architecture event in the world that combines keynote lectures from some of the most prominent names in architecture. In 2019, 535 projects were shortlisted from 70 countries and, as part of the finalist process, designers were invited to present live at the World Architecture Festival at RAI Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, from December 4–6.