Sheraton, Matsuhisa, Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy

A 1960s architectural icon reinvented with a subtle Japanese twist

Jacques Couëlle's architectural design for Cala di Volpe is the essence of 1960s Mediterranean chic. But could it jump the years to accommodate the aesthetics and precision of a Matsuhisa sushi restaurant?

We took inspiration from kokoro, the Japanese notion of heart, mind, and spirit – a natural fit for both Nobu Matsuhisa and Jacques Couëlle. We pared things back, brought in more natural materials, and gave the furnishings a Japanese twist. In the Mediterranean heat, our woven geometric shapes are a beacon of sophisticated cool. There's even space for an original Jacques Couëlle bronze sculpture to compliment our centrepiece bronze sushi counter.

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