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 (EEK ) Architects for a high-density destination with interesting places and experiences, smooth public circulation and regard for its surroundings.
To realize this plan, MGM MIRAGE executives traveled the world and met with numerous architects to review their work and understand their approach. When the search concluded, MGM MIRAGE had chosen eight of the world’s foremost architects to begin an intense design phase that would take CityCenter from merely an idea, to a reality.
For Veer Towers, Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn, was a natural choice: a firm 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.
Helmut 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 will shimmer day and night. With approximately 337 modern condominium residences in each tower, Veer will soar above the city and put residents close to CityCenter's retail and entertainment district. Inclined at five-degree angles — a feature celebrated by the development's name — the towers will seem to dance with each other.
RV Architecture, LLC
For Vdara Condo Hotel, MGM MIRAGE 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 condo 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 will create one of the most provocative design statements in Las Vegas. Located between two of the world's finest casinos, Bellagio and ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara's approximately 1,495 residences will feature open floor plans and horizontal windows delivering expansive views of the city and mountains.
Foster + Partners
For The Harmon Hotel and Spa, MGM MIRAGE selected London's Foster + Partners, a firm noted for the thought-provoking modernity of its work and its beautifully engineered, intelligent and efficient structures. Foster + Partners' strikingly wide range of work includes the Beijing Airport and Hearst Tower in New York.
The Harmon Hotel and Spa is designed for those who can appreciate the precise collision of privacy and profile. Operated by visionary Andrew Sasson's The Light Group, The Harmon Hotel and Spa will define hip, exclusive living on the Strip and deliver luxurious services and amenities to its A-list guests. The hotel's stylish and supportive amenities include a technologically advanced conference facility and erudite concierge along with a salon, fitness center, gourmet dining, luxurious spa, pool deck, valet parking, housekeeping and the most elite retail offerings in Las Vegas. The hotel's pool deck will be perched 100 feet above the Strip providing full views of the world's most dynamic street below.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
For the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, MGM MIRAGE 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.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas will set the new standard of style with state-of-the-art suites, amenities and architectural design and become the most esteemed address in Las Vegas. Perched above the bright lights of the boulevard on the highest floors of the 400-room hotel, the approximately 227 residences of Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas are a true limited edition.
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Soaring to 61 stories, CityCenter’s ARIA Resort & Casino was designed by the New Haven, Connecticut firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed four of the world’s largest private developments: World Financial Center, New York; Kuala Lumpur City Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Canary Wharf, London; International Finance Center, Hong Kong.
CityCenter’s resort casino will be the development’s most iconic feature, setting a new global standard for gaming and leisure. The sophisticated, contemporary design will be 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 enhancing the daily life of CityCenter residents, guests and passersby. The 4,000-room resort casino will deliver the unprecedented dining, entertainment, shopping and spa experiences for which MGM MIRAGE is renowned.
Studio Daniel Libeskind
New York's Studio Daniel Libeskind designed the faceted-roof retail and entertainment district at the heart of CityCenter, an international gathering place and premier shopping 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 the retail and entertainment district's interior architecture, David Rockwell and his Rockwell Group 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.
To oversee the projects seven architects, three architects of record, 90 interior designers and hundreds of consultants, MGM MIRAGE retained Gensler, the largest architectural firm in the world.
Gensler was awarded the role of Executive Architect after MGM MIRAGE's extensive search for a firm that could handle the formidable task of leading a project of this dramatic scale, design complexity, aggressive schedule, and preeminent caliber. Gensler's combination of deep resources, broad skill sets, design creativity, and geographic diversity enable the firm to provide a genuinely unique architectural service offering.