daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center
daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center
jul 29, 2010

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

MGM mirage’s citycenter by daniel libeskind all images courtesy daniel libeskind

daniel libeskind worked as a design consultant to adamson associates to design the retail and public space complex on the main las vegas strip as part of the MGM mirage’s citycenter construction project. citycenter, a vertical city in the heart of the las vegas strip between the bellagio and monte carlo resorts, combines 2,700 private residences, two 400-room non-gaming boutique hotels, a dramatic 60-story, 4,000-room resort casino, and approximately 500,000 sq.ft. of retail and entertainment facilities into a single urban core. the project which was completed in late 2009 include collaborations between MGM mirage and eight of the world’s foremost architects.

housed within crystalline, metal-clad shapes, high end retail shops line las vegas blvd and the avenue. a dramatic entryway into the retail area from the strip draws pedestrians into the public arcade, covered by an expressive, spiraling roof structure. in addition to providing access to retail shops, the public spaces allow for a variety of urban experiences: a water feature at the entry, cafes and a grand staircase leading to casino square at the end of the arcade, animating the whole space. in addition to the main entry off las vegas blvd, there are two entries off the avenue as well as access to the facility on the second level through pedestrian bridges over harmon avenue to the lifestyle hotel and over the avenue from the mandarin oriental hotel. in addition to the casino, hotels and residential buildings, the public retail complex is intended to add a vibrant program to the mixed-use development on block c.

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center aerial view at night

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center view along the boulevard

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center one of the many entrances

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center interior

daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center initial sketch of MGM citycenter

  • Stressful sight. A lot of noise, loud noise configurations. Not conducive to a relaxing environment. I wonder if one can actually sue an architect for polluting the environment with such stressful structure crap that could and may in fact cause unhealthy consequences? Just asking.

    nelsondreyes architect
  • I don’t see what the big to do is. I agree with some of the previous comments; In Vegas, this is somewhat tasteful. I, personally find it refreshing that a architect of his caliber even agreed to design for the strip. I wouldn’t want some of my work sitting next to the Mote Carlo or Caesars Palace, or down the street from the Excaliber and Treasure Island. The strip is about over the top glitz and excess. I think it looks right at home in that context. Anyone see some of the designs coming out of Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, and Prada, all of whom have long term leases in this building? I think that they are perfectly suited for a design like this.

  • I’m curious as to why the name of the property that Libeskind actually himself designed is never mentioned in this article. It’s called Crystals at CityCenter and Libeskind didn’t design the whole of CityCenter. There were world-renowned architects that worked on the collaborative project, including Foster & Partners and Helmut Jahn.

    Anyways, just some dirt on Crystals: some of the outside metallic panels got ripped of one windy day. Not such good news for an architect.

  • Yes, Libeskind ate Gehry and threw-up in Las Vegas but also it is different when experienced from the ground level. Is there a translation problem or are people unable to spell correctly – or do they simply not care? Some examples from our friends in the comments noted above: “I also though it was Gehry” – well I did too! Or how about “..Ghery..” – I don’t care for his work but really, spell the name correctly. How about “You can’t mislead a non-conventional stuff as a mess in architecture” – how about a ‘mess’ in writing? “Architecture can normally reflated how smart the architect is…” – so can spelling and sentence structure. Looks like some of our comments were from a Palin.

  • Let’s remember the context and premise of the project–IT’S IN LAS VEGAS. The glitz is totally relevant and handled properly.

  • It isn’t flashy in that bright lights las vegas kind of way, but this piece of architecture adds something more. I think the abstract, metal-clad form brings just the right amount of sophisticated ‘showiness’ to the strip.

    This is not a mirage
  • i think for the first time (second after the berlin museum) i find appropiate one of his buildings….
    i cant deny that maybe this kind of architecture
    fits very well Las Vegas
    its the architecture of the spectacle…
    i wouldnt mind walking into a shopping mall like that
    I mean… its better than jerde

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