Project City Center Las Vegas high rise towers resemble leaning Tower of Pisa while housing 810 Las Vegas loft condominiums, soaring 36 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard and prominently serving as the gateway to the $7 billion CityCenter MGM Mirage Project.
MGM Mirage Las Vegas revealed the final design of Project CityCenter Las Vegas a month ago to plenty of murmuring, most of it directed at what some real estate folk were calling “the leaning towers of Las Vegas.”
The Project City Center Las Vegas towers are the creation of German-born architect Helmut Jahn, known for sleek, ultramodern exteriors and unusual shapes. His Murphy/Jahn firm in Chicago built the seven-building Sony Center in Berlin and the United Airlines terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
In order to plan CityCenter MGM Mirage Project, the nation’s most expensive private real estate commercial construction project and its largest collaboration of name-brand architects, MGM Mirage split the project into three components, with the final piece - the retail and condominium area - coming together more recently.
The Las Vegas high rise luxury condominium towers appear to stand in parallel fashion from a north-south perspective, with the lean obvious from an east-west perspective. Most passers-by will view the buildings from the skewed perspective.
The unusual commercial real estate design is just one of several aspects of the project that run counter to conventional Las Vegas rules. The main casino-hotel, for instance, will sit behind the Las Vegas luxury condo towers without the typical Strip front location or dramatic landscaping of tropical plants, water fountains or statuary. The Las Vegas hotel tower will be shaped as an elongated S, not the more-efficient Y shape, for dramatic effect.
Jahn’s CityCenter MGM Mirage Project leaning towers appear dangerously askew - accentuated because each one will also twist along its vertical axis like a curving parallelogram - but are structurally in equilibrium, with each building’s mass equally distributed on either side of its center plumb line.
The forward thinking design will challenge engineers but benefit Las Vegas condo residents because their views will be less obstructed than would be in a conventional high rise, he added.
While appearing to be smooth glass from a distance, the MGM Mirage Project City Center building’s skin will feature horizontal metal blades that will shade floor-to-ceiling windows from Las Vegas’ notorious heat. The illuminated blades will slowly change colors.
The twin towers, part of nearly 3,000 Las Vegas luxury real estate residential living quarters at CityCenter, are expected to be complete by 2010.
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Source: Las Vegas Sun
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Project City Center Las Vegas high rise towers resemble leaning Tower of Pisa.
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