Within the rapidly evolving Silicon Valley the Nobu Palo Alto Hotel is intended to express a subtlety of contrasts to its urban setting. It inverts the relationship to the City, with the entire ground floor dedicated to serving public patrons. The eight-story project features multiple full-service restaurant & bar experiences on the ground floor, with the lobby, conference rooms, and guest suites above. Changing the entry experience was key to celebrating this. Patrons enter through a new bronze portal with large glass windows to increase transparency.