Jean-Michel Gathy Unveils Two New Urban Sanctuaries in the Dynamic Hearts of Tokyo & Dubai

Posted in News, Projects on 17 April, 2024

Award-winning architectural and interior-design legend, Jean-Michel Gathy, is the principal designer at Denniston and has created some of the world’s most luxurious hotels including properties for Aman, Mandarin Oriental, and Cheval Blanc. 

In 2024 the ‘living legend’ has four stunning new properties – and two are already open in Tokyo and Dubai. At both, despite their bustling city locations, he has skillfully created tranquil sanctuaries that offer a break from the chaos of urban life.  Lauded by the ‘first in’ press, the properties have been hailed as “one of the largest wellness centres in Tokyo” for Janu Tokyo, Virtuoso and One&Only One Za’abeel described as an “cantilevered architectural wonder” AFAR Magazine.

Left: One&Only One Za’abeel Dubai, UAE. Right: Janu Tokyo, Japan. Aman Residences, Tokyo (right) and Janu Tokyo (centre), part of the Toranomon-Azabudai development. Images: Courtesy of Aman for hotel images and courtesy of Denniston for Jean-Michel Gathy portraits.

One&Only One Za’abeel Dubai – Located in the beating heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities and the first-ever vertical urban resort from ultra-luxury hospitality brand One&Only, the just opened One&Only One Za’abeel Dubai is an architectural icon that connects the untold charms of Dubai with the palpable energy of the most futuristic city on Earth. Gathy’s vision for the resort takes inspiration from the Za’abeel location, meaning ‘white sand’ in the local Emirati dialect, with Za’abeel’s soulful narrative intuitively woven into the fabric of the resort, its soothing neutral colour palette and subtle sand motifs detailed in the textiles, artwork and sculptural lighting.

One&Only One Za’abeel: Deluxe Bedroom

One&Only One Za’abeel: Deluxe Bedroom

One&Only One Za’abeel: Bathroom Basins

One&Only One Za’abeel: Bedroom Sofa and view

Left: One&Only One Za’abeel: Deluxe Bath. Right: Janu Tokyo. Lounge

Janu Tokyo – Translated as ‘soul’ in Sanskrit, Aman’s sister brand, Janu, opened its first property in Tokyo in March 2024. It delivers a spirited social scene in contrast to sister brand Aman’s whisper-quiet seclusion, designed to offer balance between personal fulfilment and relaxation, imbuing an energy that appeals to those desiring greater purpose and inner contentment. Janu Tokyo reflects and celebrates the city’s rich, cultural fabric, exuding a signature energy inspired by connection, balance and exploration – and – as Conde Nast Traveller writes – there’s a cocoon of tranquillity you’ll most likely never want to leave.

Janu Tokyo: The Janu Suite

Janu Tokyo: F&B Restaurant

Janu Tokyo: Spa & Wellness, Pool

About Jean-Michel Gathy
Renowned Belgian-born architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the principal designer of Malaysia-based Denniston, and a leading industry figure whose achievements have contributed greatly to the world of hotel design. Enjoying a highly collaborative relationship with Aman (since 1989) he has personally conceptualised all Denniston design work since the company’s inception in 1983, including the designs of Amanwana, Aman-i-Khás, Amanyara, Aman at Summer Palace, Aman Sveti Stefan, Aman Milocer, Aman Bora-Bora Amanoi, Aman Venice, Aman New York, Aman Miami and now, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok.

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