A taste of the orient

Tuesday 08 Dec 2009

KPF's design for five star CityCenter hotel unveiled

Plans for the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) as part of CityCenter, a new 67-acre urban resort destination by MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp. (a subsidiary of Dubai World), have been unveiled. Atop a luminous, multi-use base containing ballroom and retail space, the iconic Mandarin Oriental hotel and residences, which comprises 392 luxurious rooms and 225 branded condominium residences.

At over one million square feet, the project was designed by KPF to exemplify the prestigious standards of the Mandarin Oriental brand. Based atop a podium made of zinc, titanium, granite and limestone, the building rises vertically into a façade that draws inspiration from traditional Chinese motifs. Vertical panels of aluminium and glass interlock with horizontal frit to create this unique appearance. Express shuttle elevators take guests straight past the state-of-the-art swimming pool and spa on the sixth and seventh floors to a sky lobby on the 23rd floor, offering panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline.

While the striking architecture and magnificent interior design contribute to the rich experiences of this five-star hotel, the design by KPF is also outstanding for its sustainable and practical features, enabling the project to achieve LEED Gold certification. With a super-efficient central plant, a key consideration in the design was the local climate, with the building created to withstand the heat of the desert in a sustainable way.

A. Eugene Kohn, Chairman, KPF commented: “This project has been a great opportunity for KPF to demonstrate our ingenuity and talent in creating buildings that are not only aesthetically unique but also sustainable. One of our key aims when designing Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas was to achieve a project that was as endurable and energy efficient as possible within the taxing Las Vegas climate. As well as creating a thermal façade system, using sustainable building materials and incorporating day-lighting controls, water reduction strategies yield a 45% reduction in portable water use.”

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