Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Kengo Kuma collaborate on a first-of-its-kind Bespoke Rolls-Royce Dawn. The motor car will become a moving representation of the new luxury residence ‘The Kita’ in central Tokyo, designed by the Japanese architect and professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Tokyo upon commission by global luxury property developer Westbank.
The Bespoke Dawn was created for the exclusive use of the owner of the unique multi-level penthouse, ‘The Kita Tea House’, which sits atop the newly completed property. The penthouse is so named for its rooftop tea house which overlooks the Eternal Forest of the Meiji Shrine and Kengo Kuma’s reborn Japan National Stadium.
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective worked in consultation with Kengo Kuma and Westbank to ensure that the interior and exterior design reflected ‘The Kita’ in terms of materials and color palette. Dawn’s exterior is rendered in Silver Haze, a multi-faceted color that reflects the silver-grey of the building’s core structural materials. When illuminated by the sun, it reveals a bronze finish, a warmth that reflects the bronze koshi screen louvers on the exterior of the building and the bronze detailing of the interior. It is finished with a sleek Silver hood and clean-cut Black coachline. A natural open-pore Royal Walnut panelling on the rear deck is inspired by the rich Walnut panelling of the towering penthouse entrance lobby.
The Selby Grey leather interior of the car is highlighted by Arctic White and Black accents, with seatbelts in Slate Grey. The finish of the front fascia is gradated for the first time in Rolls-Royce.
Running the full width of the interior, the horizontal ombré transitions from Piano Selby Grey to Piano Black, a representation of the blended characteristics of the building’s luscious and innovative materials. The color transitions from the residence’s luminescent grey-flecked Bianco Carrara marble, through to the light greys of soft brushed stainless steel and ceramic tile, and finally, to the dark granite and metallic tile.
The fascia features a stainless steel inlay of ‘The Kita’s’ logo. A specially designed Bespoke clock and Bespoke umbrellas are color-matched to the interior.