To further differentiate the building masses, the cladding features a horizontal striped pattern in two shades: soft white on the two outside arcs contrasts with stark black on the tallest, center building volume. These spandrels of acid-etched glass with black or white fritting applied to the reverse side alternate with wide bands of reflective, low-E glazing, which protrude slightly to variegate the building elevation.
The 1,543 apartment units are wider than those of most hotel buildings, in order to accommodate longer stays and increase the view frontage along the curtain wall. An additional benefit of the offset, three-arc floor plan is the creation of six corner apartment units per floor, rather than four, with the wider views and higher leases such spaces command.
From a curved porte-cochere that extends over the drive and the valet drop-off area, visitors enter the main lobby, a dramatic, 18-foot-high space centered on a raised lounge and bar with outdoor seating. The pool deck, located on the roof of the building podium, brings life and activity to Harmon Circle and affords an elevated perspective on the Circle and the rest of CityCenter.
CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis that will open in late 2009 on 76 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. A joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE:MGM) and Dubai World, the more than $8 billion development will feature a soaring 61-story, 4,000-room hotel/casino; two 400-room, non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental; approximately 2,650 luxury residences; and The Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM MIRAGE and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pederson Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners, Studio Daniel Libeskind2, Rockwell Group and Gensler. Charting a new course for responsible growth in Las Vegas, MGM MIRAGE is pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at CityCenter. As planned, the 18-million-square foot, multi-use project will become one of the world’s largest environmentally sustainable urban communities.
The Vdara Condo Hotel responds to the context of Harmon Circle and the nearby CityCenter hotel and casino with a curved building plan that comprises three parallel, offset arcs. Rising to varying heights, these shifted arcs give the impression of three discrete, slender building volumes slipping one against another, an effect reinforced by the slightly recessed circulation corridors between them.To further differentiate the building masses, the cladding features a horizontal striped pattern in...