Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Cesar Pelli Designs for Las Vegas

Architect Cesar Pelli is not known for being a flashy designer but he is doing a project in Las Vegas that may be headline making.

A resort casino, scheduled to open in late 2009, will be named ARIA and include a combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities. The two curvilinear glass towers, with the use of natural elements including foliage, wood and stone, ARIA’s 4,004 guest rooms, including 568 suites, is designed to deliver corner-window views from every guest room.

Throughout the grounds, visitors will have access to a $40 million public Fine Art Program encompassing a multitude of styles and media – ranging from sculptures and paintings to large-scale installations – will be one of the world’s largest and most ambitious corporate art programs. Famed artist Maya Lin is creating an approximately 133-foot silver cast of the Colorado River, which will be her first work of art displayed in Las Vegas. Jenny Holzer will create an LED signs spanning more than 250 feet. Additional artists represented in the Fine Art Program will include Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore and Richard Long, among others.

Gensler, the world’s largest architectural firm, was chosen to lead the design process for the whole complex called City Center, managing seven “star-chitects,” 90 interior designers and hundreds of consultants.

Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn was chosen to design the Veer Towers,

RV Architecture, LLC, led by principal Rafael Viñoly, was chosen to design Vdara Condo Hotel that would complement the nearby resort casino properties.

New York’s Studio Daniel Libeskind2 is the exterior architect of The Crystals, a faceted-roof retail and entertainment district at the heart of CityCenter. Libeskind became a household name in 2003 when he won the World Trade Center competition and was named master plan architect for the site. Other celebrated works include the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building.

For The Crystals interior architecture, New York’s Rockwell Group will introduce a series of striking environments designed to invite and engage, intrigue and relax. Noted for designs of cultural, hospitality and retail projects, Rockwell’s celebrated work includes the Elinor Bunin Film Center at Lincoln Center, the Kodak Theatre, sets for Broadway’s Hairspray and the W New York.

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