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June 25, 2008

VegasTripping Posts Encore Photo Update

Posted by Hunter

My good friend and fellow 'Gang Member', ("yeah, I'm in a gang") Chuck has posted a bunch of new Encore construction photos:



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June 25, 2008 10:27 AM Posted by hail2skins

Good pics by Chuck!

It is strange to see the main Strip porte cochere and foot traffic entrance looking relatively barren on the outside, albeit six months out. From the guy who brought us the waterfalls outside Mirage, the pirate village outside TI, the Italian village and lake outside Bellagio, and even the waterfall and the bridge outside the entrance to the esplanade at Wynn, I guess I'm expecting to see something at least somewhat ornate at the LVB entrance. I guess we'll see....maybe Steve will take Chuck's "inflatable gorilla" idea into consideration!

June 25, 2008 11:14 AM Posted by David McKee

Why stop with an inflatable gorilla? Somebody must have the IP rights to the giant mechanical gorilla that was, at various times, proposed to climb up and down the Stratosphere.

June 25, 2008 12:55 PM Posted by detroit1051

Great photos. I'm with hail2skins. Will we see anything interesting at the Strip porte cochere?

What really jumped out at me is how close the porte cochere is to the Strip. Will there be traffic back-ups onto the roadway? I know it's not done yet, but the Strip entrance looks non-descript to me.

June 25, 2008 3:20 PM Posted by GregoryZephyr

The Strip side entrance immediately reminded me of the Desert Inn (the way it last looked). Perhaps that's Wynn's homage to the old Vegas strip?

June 25, 2008 5:51 PM Posted by deznutz

So I'm just taking a shot at this, but maybe Steve is not doing much of anything on the Strip side. Instead maybe they are concentrating all their efforts to the pool area. Everything you can see from INSIDE the hotel. Just like the Lake of Dreams over at Wynn. Making people come inside the hotel to see something spectacular. It seems to me that wherever you are inside the resort you will be able to see the pool area. Just a thought! What do you think?


June 25, 2008 9:41 PM Posted by Brian Fey

I have to agree with Hail. The inside of Encore better really blow me away, because the outside lower podium is about as plan as I've seen anywhere in Vegas. I realize its not about the exterior, but it does matter somewhat, as it sets the feeling as you see and enter the building. I know they didn't have much room, but this is Vegas, the outside needs to be appealing as well. But you could not have stated it better, the Volcano Mirage, the Village at TI, Bellagio, and now we have this? I really hope Steve has some tricks up his sleeve with Encore. It lost the covered pool, which I thought was a different and somewhat cool idea. In six months, we shall see. And yes Mr. Wynn, I am very curious.

June 27, 2008 8:57 AM Posted by Phil

Seeing pictures of the constructed pool (on the vegas today/tomorrow site), not sure if any of you feel the same way, but Wynn's idea of the pool being visible from the casino floor, there really doesn't seem to be that much window space, aren't all those buildings that u-shape around the pool the convention space rooms? If so, that only leaves one wall of glass for the casino. Just speculating here as nobody knows the layout yet.

June 27, 2008 10:02 AM Posted by Hunter

Take this photo from VT&T:

You actually can't see the casino glass wall here - it would be right off the frame to the left.

If you look at this older photo:

The glass wall in the casino will be the East wall of the low-rise building, looking over the pool complex.

June 27, 2008 11:37 AM Posted by Mike E

Could there possibly be a set of two glass walls with that semi-saucer dividing them? That way, one portion of the casino will overlook the crescent-shaped pool and the other will overlook the oval-shaped one.

June 27, 2008 11:43 AM Posted by Hunter

Oh, absolutely. I wouldn't be surprised to see that element repeated in many of the surrounding walls.

July 8, 2008 11:09 AM Posted by ComplexSearch

But why did the wynn call the second tower 'encore,' can't they be more original or something. How about mini-me..