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Tuesday 13 Nov 2007

Studio Daniel Libeskind designs the MGM's MIRAGE's CityCentre in Las Vegas

Studio Daniel Libeskind is serving as a design consultant to Adamson Associates to design the retail and public space complex on the main Las Vegas strip as part of the MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter construction project. CityCenter, a vertical city in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, combines 2,700 private residences; two 400-room non-gaming boutique hotels; a dramatic 60-storey, 4,000-room resort casino; and approximately 500,000 sq.ft. of retail and entertainment facilities into a single urban core. The complete project includes collaborations between MGM MIRAGE and eight of the world’s foremost architects. The project is expected to be completed in late 2009. Housed within crystalline, metal-clad shapes, high end retail shops will line Las Vegas Blvd and the Avenue. A dramatic entry into the retail area from the Strip will draw pedestrians into the public arcade covered by an expressive, spiraling roof structure. In addition to providing access to retail, the public spaces will allow for a variety of urban experiences: a water feature at the entry, cafes as well as a grand staircase leading to Casino Square at the end of the arcade that will animate the space. In addition to the main entry off Las Vegas Blvd, there are two entries off the Avenue and access to the facility on the second level through pedestrian bridges over Harmon Avenue to the Lifestyle Hotel and over the Avenue from The Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In addition to the casino, hotels and residential buildings, the public retail complex is intended to add a vibrant program to the mixed-use development on Block C.

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