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Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' first casino-hotel shines at CityCenter

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects' first casino-hotel shines at CityCenter

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Dec. 16, 2009) – Located at the heart of CityCenter, Las Vegas’s new 67-acre urban center, the ARIA Resort & Casino is the latest work by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The 4,000-room ARIA is the first resort-casino designed by the firm, known for such buildings as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, and the World Financial Center in New York. The project, opened Dec. 16, is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp.

“With ARIA, there was an interchange of ideas,” said Cesar Pelli, Senior Principal of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. “The gathering of so many creative people energized us and made us reach for higher goals.”

The tallest structure in CityCenter, ARIA Resort & Casino redefines the Las Vegas skyline and creates a strong sense of space. Constructed of steel and glass, the shimmering towers transform as they 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.

“Our buildings are a collection of shimmering reflective glass surfaces shaded from the sun, enclosing concentrations of activities in an exciting urban place,” said Fred Clarke, Senior Principal.

Consistent with CityCenter’s scale and commitment to sustainable design, ARIA is the world’s largest hotel to achieve a LEED Gold rating. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects has had a long involvement with sustainable design, with such credits as one of the earliest LEED-rated office towers and the country’s first LEED Gold and LEED Platinum residential towers. Sustainable design strategies for ARIA result in a 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency and an estimated savings of 31 million gallons of water each year. ARIA’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.

The complex includes a 150,000-square-foot casino; 45,000 square feet of retail space; 125,000 square feet of dining, bar, and lounge space; a 300,000-square-foot, three-level conference center; an 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa building; a 215,000-square-foot pool deck; and an 1,800-seat theater for Cirque du Soleil.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was also involved in the selection of art for ARIA, continuing the firm’s long practice of collaborating with leading artists, a history that includes projects like Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C., the Minneapolis Central Library, and the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. Artwork featured in ARIA include includes commissioned works by Maya Lin and Jenny Holzer, as well as three selected works by Tony Cragg. Lin’s “Silver River”, is the artist’s first in Las Vegas. This 84-foot sculpture of the Colorado River, cast in reclaimed silver, is suspended over the hotel registration desk. Holzer’s “VEGAS” is 250-foot LED sign spelling out the artist’s signature messages. The installation will welcome visitors at the north valet. Cragg’s stainless steel sculptures, which can be seen in the southern entry atrium, are “Bolt”, depicting a bolt of lightning; “Bent of Mind”, a silhouette of a face; and “Untitled” (tall column), a graceful, curving form.

About CityCenter
CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. CityCenter features ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district. Vdara, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers include approximately 2,400 residences total. Additionally, The Harmon, a 400-room luxury boutique hotel, is slated to open at CityCenter in late 2010. CityCenter also features a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and an unparalleled Fine Art Collection with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM MIRAGE and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners*, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, and Gensler. At the forefront of sustainability, CityCenter is one of the world’s largest green developments. ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers all have received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This marks the highest LEED achievement for any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas. The Harmon also is pursuing LEED certification. For more information about CityCenter, please visit

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