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Nobu Chicago

Combining the Essence of the Windy City with the Spirit of Nobu

Nobu Hotels blend modern, cool luxury and minimal Japanese tradition into the concept of a lifestyle hotel — which is exactly what Robert De Niro, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, and Meir Teper wanted when they decided to open a property in Chicago.

No detail would be overlooked. The development team sourced the industry’s leading architects, designers, GCs, suppliers and hospitality experts for the stunning 115 room hotel, restaurant and rooftop scene complete with an indoor lounge and outdoor terrace.

Technology and sound had to contribute to the guest experience. Nobu wanted a team of experts to come in and run with audiovisual and own the entire project. Encompass AV not only came highly recommended, it was a chance for the team to flex their design, knowledge of acoustics and overall hospitality strengths.

Encompass AV plugged in with the developers rethinking the AV with quality and performance for Nobu’s high-end system requirements, as well as low-voltage and electronic systems, all while integrating seamlessly with other vendors on the site. The result was custom sound systems across all public spaces — from the lobby, suites and spa to the Nobu Restaurant space and Skybar.


System design was focused entirely on the guest experience, from display screens that come down on mechanical lifts with the touch of an iPad to audio systems that deliver extremely high-quality sound across Nobu’s many settings.

In selecting the best possible manufacturers, EAV put is background in audio architecture together with 20+ years of installation experience to implement systems that seamlessly work together. Martin Audio speakers, which use differential dispersion technology to provide even coverage, were paired with ceiling subwoofers that are small enough to blend into aesthetics but not go unnoticed. In fact, most speakers were successful hidden behind millwork without impacting acoustics and sound quality.

Lab Gruppen amplifiers were also selected along with Symetrix digital signal processing to ensure performance, simple function and ease-of-use for those managing music, visuals and other systems manually or with programmable settings for different times of day and varying traffic patterns.

Of all the Nobu properties around the world, the Chicago experience comes with the best sound, by far.

The project concluded in the summer of 2020 with the final phase focused on Nobu’s corporate meeting rooms that feature Encompass’ advanced conferencing solutions.