Other elements by Foster, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Daniel Libeskind and Helmut Jahn also to open shortly

Rafael Viñoly's Vdara hotel and spa opened yesterday in Las Vegas, part of the new 67-acre CityCenter urban resort development.

CityCenter comprises six schemes by internationally renowned architects. All six are now complete, with Viñoly's the first to officially open.

The other elements include:

  • ARIA, a resort and casino by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
  • Crystals, a retail, dining and entertainment district by Studio Daniel Libeskind
  • Veer Towers, twinned residential towers by Helmut Jahn
  • Mandarin Oriental, a hotel and residences by Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • the Harmon Hotel, by Foster + Partners.

The CityCenter resort on the Las Vegas Strip is being developed by MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World, with a masterplan by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects.

Viñoly's 57-storey, crescent-shaped hotel features three parallel, offset arcs rising to varying heights. The horizontally striped facade comprises alternating bands of reflective vision glass and light-diffusing, acid-etched spandrel glass in black and white, set on different planes to achieve a shimmering texture.

The 1.6m sq ft building includes a curved pool deck located over Harmon Circle, a two-level health and beauty spa, salon and fitness centre, a conference centre, and a subdivisible ballroom.

The hotel's 1,495 suites are wider and shallower than most hotel suites, to maximise views and daylight penetration. The three-arc floor plan also allows six corner rooms rather than four per floor.

In keeping with the sustainable focus of the overall CityCenter development of which it is a part, Vdara meets the LEED Gold certification level.

Sustainable features include ecologically friendly construction materials, the use of light-coloured surfaces on the pool deck and roof to reduce the urban heat island effect, and measures to reduce water consumption such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and water-efficient, native landscaping.

The CityCenter development as a whole
Credit: MGM