The ARIA Resort & Casino by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
The ARIA Resort & Casino is the centerpiece of CityCenter, an urban environment on a 67-acre site fronting the Las Vegas Strip. The 4,000-room hotel and casino is the tallest structure in CityCenter, redefining the Las Vegas skyline and creating a strong sense of space. Constructed of steel and glass, the shimmering, crystalline towers reflect the changing sky.
The 3.8-million-square-foot hotel-casino complex is comprised of two counterpoising, curvilinear towers joining to form an open center. The curved shape of the towers creates gently arched corridors, which give the appearance of a shorter distance from the elevators to the guest rooms. Angled building corners allow for panoramic views. Filled with natural light, the corridors offer views of the Strip below and the mountains beyond.
Visitors enter the building at one of two entrances, each under a textured and faceted grand canopy. East of the hotel tower is a 150,000-square-foot casino, 45,000 square feet of retail and 125,000 square feet of dining, bar, and lounge space. West of the towers is a 1,800-seat theater with a layered, three-dimensional façade. Just past the theater is a 300,000-square-foot, three-level convention center. With its glass façade, the convention center is filled with natural light and has views of the landscaped pool area. Opposite the convention center is an 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa building clad in Las Vegas red metaquartzine stone.
Consistent with CityCenter’s scale and commitment to sustainable design, ARIA is the world’s largest hotel to achieve a LEED Gold rating. The building’s primary energy-saving feature is its curtain wall, which uses a new generation of glass coatings that let daylight in while blocking the sun’s heat-producing rays. Sunshades reduce glare and maintain an even temperature in the guest rooms. Ceramic frit is used selectively on the glass to block daylight without obscuring views.
As part of CityCenter’s art program, ARIA will include artwork commissioned or selected for the hotel-casino. Maya Lin’s “Silver River”, an 84-foot sculpture of the Colorado River cast in reclaimed silver, is suspended over the hotel registration desk. Jenny Holzer’s “VEGAS”, a 250-foot LED sign spelling out the artist’s signature messages, will welcome visitors at the north valet. Three stainless steel sculptures by Tony Cragg can be seen in the southern entry atrium: “Bolt”, depicting a bolt of lightning; “Bent of Mind”, a silhouette of a face; and “Untitled” (tall column), a graceful, curving form.
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Area: 3.8 million square feet
• 150,000 square feet of gaming
• 300,000 square feet of meeting spaces
• Three primary pools
• 16 restaurants
• 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon
• 1,800-seat theater for the Cirque du Soleil
Height: 600 feet
LEED Rating: LEED Gold Certified
Client: MGM Mirage & Infinity World Development Corp.
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