The new Bellustar Tokyo, a Pan Pacific Hotel at the Tokyo Kabukicho Tower, is the coming together of Japanese firm Keiji Ashizawa Design and Danish firm Norm Architects.

Japanese and Scandinavian design share an emphasise on simplicity and functionality, favouring clean lines, honest materials and uncluttered spaces. Both styles also prioritise a deep understanding of human needs and experiences, endeavouring to craft spaces that enhance the well-being and comfort of individuals. The new Bullustar Tokyo is a celebration of this parallelism, blending together the philosophies of Keiji Ashizawa Design and Norm Architects to create an atmosphere that exudes tranquillity and refinement – a sanctuary amid the bustling city.

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Situated 200 metres above the ground, the Bellustar Tokyo boasts panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline and Mount Fuji in the distance. Pictured: the Archipelago Club Chair N-CC01’s, designed by Norm Architects for Karimoku Case Study.

Situated 200 metres above the ground, with panoramic views of the Tokyo skyline, the grand penthouse space of the Bellustar features five unique penthouse suites, a spa and three restaurants – a spacious dining restaurant, a sushi restaurant and a teppanyaki restaurant. Each space perfectly balances traditional Japanese culture and contemporary comfort with soft furnishings, subtle hues and delicate textures. These elements are painted against the backdrop of glimmering sky rises and the silhouette of Mount Fuji in the distance.

The use of organic forms and natural materials like woods and stone reflects the two architecture firm’s affinity with nature, with Norm Architects managing director Katrine Goldstein expressing, “We focused on bringing natural elements and their inevitable patina into our modernised lives, which serve to remind us of our place in nature and create a distinctive calming effect.”

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The intimate sushi restaurant is bathed in the warm hues of Hinoki wood.

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Each of the restaurants boast their own unique character and material palette. The main restaurant features a three-storey atrium and window seats that allow guests to soak in the unbroken views of the skyline. Offering more intimate experiences, the sushi restaurant is bathed in the warm hues of Hinoki wood, while the Teppanyaki restaurant feels moody with its dark textured brick walls.

The penthouses offer an experience unlike traditional five-star hotels, bringing an understated and earthy design language to the fore. “The idea behind the penthouses is to create a new form of urban retreat that avoids the cliches of luxury hotel design,” Katrine says. “With the hotel being located in the heart of Shinjuku, known for its vibrant city life, we hope that the guests staying at the penthouses will experience a counterpart to just that – a space to recharge and enjoy a feeling of serenity.”

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The spa features organic forms and natural materials, including dark wood and light stone, connecting the interiors to nature.

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The penthouses are characterised by an understated and earthy design language, offering a unique urban retreat.

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