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Coming Together of Two Unique Architecture Studios and Their Philosophies
The 5-room luxury penthouse at the new BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel at the Tokyu Kabukicho Tower, is the coming together of two unique architecture studios and their philosophies; the honest design of Keiji Ashizawa Design and the soft minimalism of Norm Architects.
Furnished by Karimoku Furniture Inc., guests are enveloped in a world of captivating beauty as the stress of the world 200 meters below melts away. The unbroken views all the way to Mount Fuji, while striking, come second to the view and calming spirit of the space itself.
The grand penthouse space features three restaurants, one of which is three levels tall with stunning views, a spa where one can experience the four seasons and bounty of Japan’s soil, as well as five unique penthouse suites that offer guests the finest in Japanese-style hospitality. Offering a perfect harmony between the modern and the ancient with a thoughtful interior aesthetic of soft hues and delicate textures, the space evokes a sense of peace and serenity. It’s the perfect blend of traditional Japanese culture and contemporary comfort.
Staying at the high-end BELLUSTAR Penthouse is an otherworldly experience, allowing you to escape from everyday life. From the moment you step out into the topmost floors, you are immersed in a sense of calm. The subtle decor, soft furnishings, and attention to detail create an atmosphere that exudes sophistication and refinement. Each suite is designed to provide the ultimate leisure experience with breathtaking views of the bustling city that surround the hotel. All facilities are nothing short of exceptional. From the Spa Sunya to the Sunset Lounge and exclusive Teppanyaki Restaurant, every corner of the hotel is a testament to luxury and elegance. Bellustar is not just a place to stay; it’s an escape, a retreat, and a sanctuary amid the bustling city.
As the most luxurious location in the Tokyu Kabukicho Tower, the main dining area has a three-story atrium space with an unbroken view of the Tokyo skyline. Window seats create the impression of truly blending in with the view, while the opposite four-seaters feel slightly more private as pendant lights designed bespoke by Keiji Ashizawa hover above each table. The space is elegantly furnished with minimalist bespoke designs from Karimoku exuding timeless beauty and with just 36 seats, the space feels both intimate and grand.
The use of organic forms and natural materials like wood and stone can be seen as an antidote to the city that serve as artworks through the grand windows. Listening to nature’s story of artistry, optimism, imperfection, and impermanence, we wanted to bring these poignant qualities into the work to create a space that feel of this world.
Deciding to decorate the walls with custom-made tiles from Japan in a distinct proportion as well as soft cell panels for acoustics, we then chose the colors of the flooring and furniture to match the tiles to create a coherent space that feels calm. In this way, we have focused on bringing natural elements and their inevitable patina into our modernized lives which can remind us of our place in nature and create an exclusive calming effect.
“Taking pride in preserving the rich traditions and culture of French cuisine, while also embracing new culinary experiences and constantly evolving our menu, the restaurant is a true representation of the hotel – both a destination in itself and a starting point for your journey of culinary discovery” – BELLUS TAR TOKYO –
In the open kitchen of BELLUSTAR Restaurant & Bar, the focus is to source the best ingredients from all over Japan, each chosen to reflect the unique climate and character of its region. The cuisine is a celebration of both future destinations and past travels, with each dish and piece of tableware evoking memories and expectations. When selecting the furniture for each space, we wanted to emphasize the holistic experience within the penthouse area – working with a layout that offers both intimacy as well as togetherness. One of the new furniture designs that has been developed is the Swivel Lounge Chair for Karimoku. It is a warm and welcoming chair that, with its turntable base, effortlessly lets you look towards the striking view of the Tokyo skyline and then to the person next to you – all in one smooth movement.
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“With an understated and earthy design language, the idea behind the BELLUSTAR Penthouses is to offer a new form of urban retreat that avoids the cliches of urban luxury design. The intent is not to make surfaces that are expressive, but rather a conduit for the guests to express themselves.” – Norm Achitects –
As the sun slowly dips below the Tokyo skyline, the BELLUSTAR Penthouse beckons you to indulge in the flavors of Japan at its luxurious restaurants. In addition to the main restaurant, the penthouse area boasts two intimate restaurants: a Sushi and a Teppanyaki venue.
Both tucked away in the sky above the city, these culinary treasures offer a unique and unforgettable experience. Designed to feel like small hidden and intimate traditional restaurants but transformed into contemporary places hovering above Tokyo, the two restaurants put the guests inclose contact with the chefs at work. Whether you prefer a private dining experience or to share it with a small group, each restaurant promises to take you on a singular and astounding journey of the senses. With each their own character and material palette, the two restaurants make for singular and astounding experiences. At the sushi restaurant, the space is bathed in the soft glow of Hinoki wood, while the Teppanyaki “Tenyu” Restaurant feels even more intimate and moody with its dark brick walls adorned in intricate patterns.
“When eating Edomae Sushi, we believe that the space should be stripped down and simple just like the sushi itself. Combined with the views, it is a truly unique space.” – Keiji Ashizawa –
Be prepared for a truly immersive dining experience, as you take your place at the exclusive counter seating in the Tenyu Restaurant, where the art of Teppanyaki is elevated to new heights. Located on the 45th floor of the BELLUSTAR Penthouse, this culinary treasure uses only the finest, seasonal ingredients from across Japan. Starting with the carefully selected Wagyu beef, they create a culinary experience like no other. Limited to just 10 guests, each seat offers a magnificent view and is strategically arranged to create a sense of intimacy with your personal chef.
Designed in a unique zigzag pattern, the counter seating also creates a comfortable and private workspace for the chef, while allowing guests to enjoy the breathtaking views outside. With every bite, you will savor the exquisite flavors of, and be transported to a world of culinary delight.
The five penthouses stretching across the skyscape seem to melt into the sky amidst the dynamism of a 200-meter altitude and as you check into your room, you are greeted with a sense of calm. You’ll find it that traditional Japanese culture is woven into the interior aesthetic, while windows about seven meters wide offer an amazing panorama of Tokyo spread out before you.
Inspired by the beauty of the four seasons in Japan, each penthouse is named after a different element of the term “Kacho Fuugetsu” – Flower, Bird, Wind, and Moon – a unified worldview manifests across the five penthouses with each their own individual tranquil and unique atmosphere. The entire floor is furnished with Karimoku furniture with design work by Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects, actualizing a timeless space by adding pleasant furniture and the natural warmth and comfort of the house.
Hotel: BELLUSTAR TOKYO, A Pan Pacific Hotel
Interior Architecture: Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects
Stylist: Yumi Nakata
Furniture: Karimoku Furniture
Completed in 2023