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Universitas Leadership Sanctuary, Las Vegas, United States

Tuesday 15 Apr 2008

Out of this World

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Chetwoods unveil design for World Leader retreat 

An extravagant globe-shaped refuge for World Leaders has been unveiled by British architects Chetwoods with Patterson Buxton.

The $300 million structure would be located in the Nevada desert where World Leaders would be encouraged to “reconnect with their unique purpose in life”. The design features a giant globe nesting on what resembles the Statue of Liberty crown. Smaller similar structures descend from the first into a dam where the globe’s only entrance, a labyrinth, will be situated. The architect responsible for the Universitas Leadership Sanctuary, Laurie Chetwood, said: “The emotional reasoning behind the labyrinthine approach to the globe is that worldly issues are to be left behind and free thinking encouraged.”

The dominating structure would be set in 65 acres of landscaped grounds just seventeen miles east of downtown Las Vegas overlooking the serene Las Vegas Lake. Chetwoods say the sphere would be visible for miles around creating a landmark during the day and a “glowing beacon of light” at night.

The globe itself is a six-storey high building with features designed to harness the power of natural energy. Flower-like structures around the globe will open to collect some of the intense heat generated in the desert during the day and close to keep the building warm at night. Hydro and wind power sources are to be harnessed as a natural resource.

Conference and speaking facilities will be available but with guidance to keep events informal to continue the focus on relaxation. The retreat’s commissioning founder and director, Donna Vassar, hopes that the facility will allow leaders to “emerge renewed, with clarity, and reflecting true transformation.”

Once work has commenced the project is set to take just thirty months to build.

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