The New Tsubaki Tower Guam


RIM is the Architect of Record for the luxurious, five-star, 26-story Tsubaki Tower Guam hotel, the first new major hotel built in Guam in recent years. Collaborating closely with the Japanese design architect, Kuniken, our team successfully met Guam codes to ensure all safety and accessibility issues were captured into the design, all the while adhering to the design concept honoring the island’s unique, 4,000-year heritage and culture.

The latest trends and technology were incorporated to create a resort with high-end guest services and outstanding amenities including an outdoor resort facility, an amphitheater, an infinity pool with fountain and light show capability, and an exhibition-type kitchen with a lavish buffet. All 340 luxury bedrooms feature smart technology, spacious layouts, and balconies that showcase amazing sunsets and phenomenal beach views of Tumon, the tourist district. Located on the cliff of Tumon Bay, two beaches are within easy walking distance of the lushly landscaped, 4-acre resort.

Approximately five years in the making from design to construction completion, the project is operational with only a few restaurant spaces remaining to be completed. One of the earliest and greatest architectural challenges involved the variation of geology on the site, which ultimately increased the piling foundation system. The building structure was designed to meet the building codes enforced on Guam, the 2009 IBC (International Building Code). Additionally, per the owner’s request, it was also designed to meet the 2015 IBC seismic requirements to create a safer building.