Matsuhisa Denver

    Denver, Colorado

“Making sushi is an art, and experience is everything.” Nobu Matsuhisa


Alongside Nobu Matsuhisa and the ownership team, R+B set out to create a space that continues to evolve the concept of the Matsuhisa culture for the 7,800 sq ft Cherry Creek location

In order to remain true to the Japanese culture, a thoughtful, unique, humble and purposeful design was sought


+ Using the travel experience of R+B principals Sarah Broughton and John Rowland to Japan, along with a collaborative and thoughtful design process, the team developed a clear concept


The result:

+ An exquisitely designed sushi restaurant that elevates Denver dining experience

+ The muted, natural palette provides an elegant setting for the unique food presentation


+ As guests arrive from the valet entrance, a gentle stream of water falls from the ceiling onto a simple boulder in the Zen garden, inspired by Masatoshi Izumi installations

+ The fountain was custom designed by Rowland+Broughton, locally sourced, and fabricated


+ Since the site is oriented on the corner of a busy traffic intersection, it was important to focus the guest experience internally

+ This was accomplished by cloaking the windows in a custom designed wood screen system


+ The pattern is inspired by the traditional Japanese Asanoha, or hemp leaf, pattern

+ It is layered to create visual texture and becomes more open at the top, allowing for a glimpse of Colorado’s bluebird sky during the day



+ This custom screening element turns diners’ focus inward toward their companions


+ The soothing, natural palette of reclaimed Indonesian teak unifies the design of the floor, many walls, ceilings and bar


+ The textural bar facade emulates a flowing river, and as light washes over the glossy peaks and glistens, sunlight glancing off the rapids is recalled

+ The sloped acoustic ceiling is reminiscent of the Rocky Mountains visible to the west


The sliding partition walls are also teak with resin panels that have a compelling story of their own:

+ This full-circle product is made from trimmings of prayer paper handmade by monks in the Himalayas from indigenous shrubs and pressed in the resin



+ Custom millwork provides for original design features and dining experiences


I really enjoyed the process from beginning to end with your entire team of very talented people. Great job!  We all created a killer restaurant for thousands of people to enjoy for many years to come.

– Todd Clark, Matsuhisa Partner and Director of Operations

Matsuhisa Denver

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Size: 7,800 Sq Ft

    Services Provided

  • Architect
  • Interior Design


  • IIDA BESTaward - 2016