Innovation & Design

Architecture's High-Rollers Head to Vegas

MGM Mirage recently announced that Studio Daniel Libeskind, Murphy/Jahn Architects, and Rockwell Group are designing components of its 76-acre development along the Las Vegas Strip. "Project CityCenter" is an 18 million-square-foot complex of hotels, casinos, and retail and residential space situated between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio resorts. Libeskind and Rockwell are working on retail, dining, and entertainment spaces that total 500,000 square feet; Murphy/Jahn is responsible for two glass residential towers comprising 810 units.

They join architects Rafael Viñoly, Norman Foster, James K M Cheng, Cesar Pelli, Gensler, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose participation was revealed in September 2005. The development officially broke ground on July 26, with anticipated completion by November 2009.

Image: Courtesy MGM Mirage

At $7 billion, it is the largest privately financed development in the country, according to company officials. Costs have increased $2 billion since the September unveiling due to owner design changes and added residential units.

Image: Courtesy MGM Mirage

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