Hailed as the most ambitious private project conceived in North America, the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter in Las Vegas is a sublime amalgam of captivating architecture, modern art and sophisticated gaming. The sprawling metropolis, emblazoned with monolithic towers and an overall ultramodern feel, is the supreme mecca of sin.
The 67-acre CityCenter is the brainchild of a tenacious team of world-renowned architects lead by the visionary Pelli Clarke Architectural Firm; a builder that has reinvented many iconic cities such as New York and London. In addition to the phenomenal architecture, CityCenter has the largest public art display in the world. A handful of internationally celebrated artists including Maya Lin, Claes Oldenburg, and Frank Stella have been selected to exhibit their new wave creations throughout the center’s parks and plazas.
GM MIRAGE included an assortment of resort casinos, residential living and entertainment venues that will awe its visitors. The Aria Resort and Casino is the largest hotel in CityCenter, boasting an unbelievable 4,004 luxury rooms and suites. Furthermore, the state-of-the-art complex in Vegas has been adorned with nine restaurants conducted by top chefs. “The chef talent out here is pretty inspiring,” said chef Shawn McClain of Aria’s Sage restaurant. This is McClain’s first venture outside Chicago, where he has three distinctive restaurants.
As magnificent as the casinos and restaurants are, nothing has created a bigger buzz than Aria’s “Viva Elvis” Cirque du Soleil production. The show is a tribute to the life and work of the late rock ‘n’ roll king Elvis Presley. Additionally, the act will feature rare unreleased footage of Elvis. The performances will commence on December 18 and tickets can be had for $95.
Perhaps the most paradoxical and intriguing facet of the ultimate Sin City is its allegiance to sustainable design. CityCenter has achieved LEED (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for their preservation of indoor and outdoor environmental quality, water and energy savings, and their unique approach to site development.