daniel libeskind: MGM mirage city center
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.

aerial view at night

view along the boulevard

one of the many entrances


initial sketch of MGM citycenter

  • I believe possibly that this is just too unreadable and unfriendly, you know for goodness sake there is a line where architecture does just becomes a mess… an awful mess.

    tomi says:
  • Is he Daniel Frank Libeskind Ghery?

    no name says:
  • +1 no name :), I also though it was Ghery from the outside !

    Bull says:
  • this is Gehry. doesnt seem like Liebeskind to me.

    em says:
  • I looked at the photos first and thought it was ghery…only to find out it is Daniel Libeskind?!?!

    Anon says:
  • cant believe it. apart from being sooo Gherylike, waht is this wooden structure on photo 10 ? looks very disturbing

    ziem says:
  • I agree that this building is too much of the same from Libeskind from the exterior. But the interior is pretty nice! While everyone is busy expressing their dislikes about Libeskind and his work, isn’t there anything positive to say about the building? Oh yeah….by the way…….you guys are aware that architects don’t design for other architects, right?

    21ronin.com says:
  • its really nt a mess..u cant mislead a non-conventional stuff as a mess in architecture…!

    archreator says:
  • it’s horrendous, there is no real reflexion regarding the interior of the building!
    non-conventional with a soul not just some dreadful mass sitting down there

    euh says:
  • [url=https://www.designboom.com] designboom [/url]
    This is Las Vegas, Nevada people! It’s the capital of glitz, over the top and gaudy style. Libeskind design is really quite fresh for this destination. It may be the only structure there without a neon feature.
    I do agree with the previous comment about the interior not relating much to the exterior. Simply painting the interior walls with a pearl finish might do the trick.

    elibby says:
  • it seems weird and unpleasant but once you go inside it is really nice

    franco says:
  • the architecture normally can reflated how smart the architect is… sorry,I dont see the point of this building

    Adam FANG says:
  • looks like the opera house in the simpsons which ended up as a prison

    ericc says:
  • Gehry with edges…. However, perfectly adequate for the Sin City….

    Ali Manco says:
  • I have to concur with previous remarks, this looks like a knock off of the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA. Even the interiors looks similar. While I do like both buildings, I don’t feel this is ground breaking in any way.

    The Breeze says:
  • take a look at the R.O.M. (Royal Ontario Museum) in Toronto. It’s basically a copy of his own work.
    Nevermind signature work…where is the creativity?
    Starchitects are so 1990!

    whatever says:
  • Daniel is more line-economical, Frank is more curve -expensive. so the developer choose it

    aza says:
  • Personally I think that unless you’ve actually visited a piece of Architecture you have no business trying to be a critic.
    Secondly you must realize that this building has very different ‘faces’ from various points of view between the view from above and then the street experience – I have been to this complex and from the street it is a very nice break from the normal ‘overload’ of crazy Las Vegas street-level design.
    Lastly you need to know that Liebeskind did not do the interiors – this was all jacked up by Rockwell who basically sucks at most large scale attempts – judge after you visit people.

    G-Man out

    G-Man says:
  • Everybody thinking the same here…Gehry with sharp edges…LOL
    As for me, I prefer curves over edges. I think interior is more problematic than the exterior – too complicated, every part of it screaming… Good for Lieveskind, not doing the interior.
    But that is rather a decent & classy archtecture for the Sin City, filled with kitsch buildings…

    milagre says:
  • Libeskind ate Gehry and threw up in Las Vegas

    t says:
  • 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

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

    jellyfish says:
  • 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.

    rcvs1 says:
  • 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.

    Vegas says:
  • 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.

    Nicholaus says:
  • 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 says:

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