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CITYCENTER: DESIGNING A CITY WITHIN A CITY

CityCenter commenced in 2004 as a blank canvas 67 acres in size, imagined by a diverse group of people with the energy, foresight and talent to create the most ambitious and visionary development ever conceived in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

It began with a master plan developed by New York’s Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut and Kuhn Architects (EEK) for a high-density destination with interesting places and experiences, smooth public circulation and regard for its surroundings.

To realize this plan, MGM Resorts International executives traveled the world and met with numerous architects to review their work and understand their approach. When the search concluded, MGM Resorts International had assembled a dream team of the world’s foremost architects and two of the country’s foremost builders, Perini Building Company and Tishman Construction, to begin the ambitious 20-month design phase.

Gensler, the world’s largest architectural firm, was chosen to lead the design process, managing seven world-class architects, 45 interior designers and hundreds of consultants to take CityCenter from merely an idea, to a reality.

Soaring to 61 stories, ARIA Resort & Casino was designed by the New Haven, Connecticut firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Pelli Clarke Pelli has created four of the world’s largest private developments: World Financial Center, New York; Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia; Canary Wharf, London; International Finance Center, Hong Kong.

ARIA sets a new global standard for gaming and leisure. The sophisticated, contemporary design is demonstrably different from any building that has preceded it, contributing to the breathtaking Las Vegas skyline and providing a rich variety of experiences at the street level. The 4,004-room resort delivers unprecedented dining, entertainment, shopping and spa experiences for which MGM Resorts International is renowned. It features Viva ELVIS™, the latest Cirque du Soleil® production celebrating the music and life of Elvis Presley, and approximately 300,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Solidifying CityCenter’s commitment to sustainability, ARIA is one of the first Las Vegas hotels to achieve LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. ARIA is currently the largest hotel in the world with Gold LEED status.

For Vdara Hotel & Spa, MGM Resorts International felt RV Architecture, LLC, led by principal Rafael Viñoly, was ideally suited to design a building that would complement the nearby resort casino properties. Viñoly also designed the Cleveland Museum of Art, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo, Uruguay.

In creating this soaring 57-story hotel deep within CityCenter, RV Architecture used a disciplined design approach to remarkable effect. Vdara’s distinctive crescent shape and unique skin of patterned glass creates one of the most provocative design statements in Las Vegas. Vdara also has achieved LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Vdara is an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming, smoke-free and sustainable environment.

Located between two of the world’s finest casinos, Bellagio and ARIA, Vdara’s 1,495 suites feature open floor plans and horizontal windows delivering expansive views of the city and mountains. Acclaimed designers BBG-BBGM*** created stylish, contemporary environments infused with comfort. At Vdara, guests enjoy amenities commensurate with the world’s most elite resorts. Spa & Salon Vdara , its 18,000-square-foot, two-level wellness spa, salon and fitness complex, soothes and rejuvenates its guests with treatments focusing on holistic health that use quality ingredients derived from herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and essential oils. Martin Heierling, the internationally acclaimed innovator behind Bellagio’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant Sensi, serves as executive chef for all of Vdara’s food and beverage offerings. Bar Vdara, a sophisticated lounge with a European vibe, is a setting inspired by nature that works as well for a morning espresso as it does for a late-night cocktail. Vdara’s luxurious Vdara Pool & Lounge features fully appointed retreat and spa cabanas with semi-secluded plunge pools, and a high-energy bar and lounge open day and evening. Additional amenities include 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities for groups of 10 to 400, in-suite dining, housekeeping and valet parking.

For Veer Towers, Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn was a natural choice – an artist whose buildings were certain to look unlike any other. Jahn’s signature projects include the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels, Munich’s Kempinski Hotel and Sony Center Berlin.

Jahn’s design for the two residential high rises known as Veer Towers is a masterful translation of energy and excitement into physical form; its two 37-story glass towers shimmer day and night. With approximately 335 modern condominium residences in each tower, Veer soars above the city and puts residents close to Crystals, CityCenter’s retail and entertainment district. Inclined at five-degree angles – a feature celebrated by the development’s name – the towers seem to dance with each other. Lobbies and public spaces were developed by notable designer Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido* to showcase impressive works of glass and metal with plenty of natural light. In the residences, the renowned team of Dianna Wong Architecture & Interior Design, Inc.** have created modern spaces that impart a sense of openness. Atop each striking tower, residents enjoy an amenities floor featuring an unequaled view of Las Vegas complemented by an infinity edge pool, cabanas, hot tubs, a sun deck and a patio for outdoor entertaining. Within, Veer features recreation rooms for special events or casual celebrations, private media rooms with panoramic windows, a fitness center with men’s and women’s steam rooms, and business centers. Upscale dining, lavish shopping and electric nightlife – with entertainment as only Las Vegas can offer – is only steps away.

Veer Towers also has received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

For the design of Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, MGM Resorts Internationals turned to Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. The New York-based firm is recognized for the excellence and innovation of its buildings in cities around the world.

Mandarin Oriental is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently located at the entrance of CityCenter. The 47-story, non-gaming and non-smoking hotel and residences deliver fine dining, a relaxing spa, spectacular accommodations and the personalized service of the world-renowned hotel group to Las Vegas. Situated on the 23rd floor is the city’s first Sky Lobby offering an unparalleled check-in experience. Featuring expansive views of Las Vegas, the Sky Lobby boasts multiple food and beverage offerings including Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, the first U.S. restaurant of the world-renowned chef; an intimate Tea Lounge; and the boutique Mandarin Bar. Located on the third floor is 12,000 square feet of meeting space with spectacular Strip views, as well as MOzen Bistro, serving fresh preparations of world-class cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amore Patisserie, located directly on Las Vegas Blvd., is a gourmet bakery serving pastries, sandwiches, coffee and teas. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is a 27,000-square-foot oasis for serenity and rejuvenation inspired by the glamour and fusion of 1930’s Shanghai. Additional amenities include stunning elevated pools and accompanying cabanas; a top-of-the-line fitness and wellness center and a distinguished salon. Public spaces were designed by interior designer Adam D. Tihany; residential interiors were crafted with meticulous care by the distinguished design and architecture firms of Kay Lang & Associates** and Page & Steele Interior Architects.** Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas also has received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and sets a new standard of style with stunning suites, amenities and architectural design. In 2012, the hotel also became the first in Las Vegas and one of only four in the world to earn the coveted Forbes Five-Stars in all three categories – Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.

New York’s Studio Daniel Libeskind** is the exterior architect of Crystals, a faceted-roof retail and entertainment district located at CityCenter. Crystals is an international gathering place and premier shopping and dining destination combining art, design and experience. 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 Crystals’ interior architecture, New York’s Rockwell Group introduces 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. The CityCenter Tram connects Crystals to Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts.

Crystals also has received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the world’s largest retail district to receive this level of recognition.

About CityCenter
CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. CityCenter features ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. Vdara, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers include approximately 2,400 residences total. CityCenter also features a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and an unparalleled Fine Art Collection with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM Resorts International and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners*, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, and Gensler. At the forefront of sustainability, CityCenter is the world’s largest private green development. ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers all have received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This marks the highest LEED achievement for any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas. The Harmon Hotel has been postponed until such time as CityCenter determines to proceed with its completion. For more information about CityCenter, please visit www.citycenter.com.

* As a consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.
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** For press materials, video and images visit www.citycenter.com

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