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July 30, 2006

CityCenter Architecture

Posted by detroit1051

Liz Benston, Las Vegas Sun, describes the dramatic towers which will serve as the gateway to MGM Mirage's CityCenter. I'm slowly becoming enthused with the project.

Read the article here:
Gateway to CityCenter


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July 30, 2006 10:04 AM Posted by John

I agree with you Detroit, when I first saw the model for CityCenter I wasn't impressed, but things like that article, more renderings, models, etc. have changed my view, a little bit, on the project. I still think that there are too many buildings for that piece of land, and the fact that MGM hasn't built a hotel/casino complex in over ten years is a bit discouraging. However, I'm being persuaded a bit, that they might just be able to pull this off. Before I'm totally sold on this massive development, I'd like to see some interior renderings, and hotel room renderings, but those are probably a long way off.

July 30, 2006 10:42 AM Posted by Mike P.

I can't believe the architecture critic this article quotes citing Excalibur as a great example of iconic Vegas architecture. That ludicrous Disney knockoff is easily the worst themed property on the strip.

Personally I'm really looking forward to both City Center and Cosmopolitan. We're starting to seriously consider whether we can afford a Strip condo, and great ultramodern architecture would be a selling point for me at least.

Mike P.

July 30, 2006 11:26 PM Posted by John

A quick question about City Center, does anyone know if Tishman Construction is still working on the project? I remember seeing a press release saying that they were GC for CityCenter, but I've also seen a press release that Perini was GC for the project.
Hunter, might you have any info on this?

September 8, 2006 5:41 AM Posted by detroit1051

The "Norm" Column in the RJ gives a few details on CityCenter:

February 26, 2007 9:47 AM Posted by Leonard Stern

Check out this article in today's L.A. Times on CityCenter transforming the future of Las Vegas forever. It sounds like something that I wrote myself since it points out just about everything that I've been saying about it:,1,4006801.story?coll=la-headlines-business

February 26, 2007 10:20 AM Posted by detroit1051

Thanks for the link, Leonard. Liz Benston writes about condos today:

February 26, 2007 12:00 PM Posted by Leonard Stern

detroit: Yeah, I read Benston's article in today's Sun also. That new brochure-style site MGM has put up for CityCenter is a work in progress + the public will soon be able to get a better idea of both the exterior + interior details of each building + related site development as construction continues. This project has already sold itself based on its sheer prestige alone. The entire architectural community (outside of Las Vegas) is talking about the impact that CityCenter will have on the future by confirming the necessity for higher-end developer's need to realize the importance in retaining "great architects" in order to achieve "great architecture". It is doubtful that we will see another private project anytime in the near future in the U.S. that can match or approach the design excellence, vision + scale of CityCenter. Unfortunately it is a real disappointment that Boyd's Echelon Resort/Place will not even come close to achieving the level of design quality represented by CityCenter based on the fact that their architect of record for the majority of the project scope is Bower Lewis Thrower (BLT Architects), with the exception of the two boutique hotels being designed by Klai-Juba. Other than BLT's involvement in Borgata, hence the Boyd connection, if you check out their website, they have relatively little or no experience in large-scale gaming architecture or projects that encompass the massiveness of Echelon. Certrainly they don't have the world-renowned credentials of CityCenter's designers.

February 26, 2007 3:28 PM Posted by Devon

I just got an email...

one unit left at Mandarin Oriental.


February 26, 2007 7:35 PM Posted by Leonard Stern

Devon: When these reservations actualy become "hard contracts" @ Mandarian Oriental, there will be no doubt as to CityCenter's presales success, considering that it is already slightly less than three years before actual completion of construction...