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February 15, 2005

Wynn On Wynn

Posted by Hunter

In an article in today's Las Vegas Sun Steve Wynn detailed some of the features of his upcoming resort, Wynn Las Vegas.

Due to open April 28th of this year, the resort has been in the planning and construction stages for almost five years and he's hoping that all of that planning is going to pay off. Wynn has claimed in past interviews that he has learned from the mistakes he made in designing The Mirage, Treasure Island and Bellagio and vows not to repeat them.

His main over-arching design goal seems to be intimacy, quite a challenge to make a 5 million plus square foot facility feel intimate. We'll see when the resort opens if he manages to achieve this goal. To do so would seem to require a break from the traditional hotel casino design principles, which have been basically unchanged for decades.

One thing is certain - the public will know this opening is coming. Wynn Resorts is already pushing their TV commercial out to many television networks and it will air during the Academy Awards.

Apparently the first pictures inside the resort will be published by Vanity Fair magazine in an upcoming issue, similar to the opening of Bellagio in 1998.

So, even as they prepare to open Wynn Las Vegas, Steve works with architects on the upcoming expansion, code-named 'Encore at Wynn Las Vegas'.

An interesting tidbit from the article was that Wynn considers Venetian owner Sheldon Adelson to be his 'enemy'. I guess that parking tiff really has put the two at odds.


Read archived comments (4 so far)
February 25, 2005 3:03 AM Posted by Rebecca Richfield

typos are one thing, but this one you need to change!


Steve Wynn and his wide Elaine

April 1, 2005 2:19 PM Posted by Maxie

Does anyone know the name of the Architect firm and the lead Architect on the new Wynn Resort????

April 1, 2005 4:08 PM Posted by Hunter

Most of the design was done by an internal team headed by DeRuyter O. Butler, who was at Atlandia Design when it was owned by Mirage Resorts. He worked on the designs for Treasure Island and Bellagio as well as Wynn Las Vegas.

As with Bellagio, the Jerde Partnership helped design part of the 'lakefront village' component of the resort.

April 5, 2005 10:08 AM Posted by Maxie

I heard the architect was a guy named McKenna????
Anybody heard of him?