Vdara Hotel & Spa at CityCenter
A slender profile in three off-set volumes animates the hotel’s form and accentuates its internal, curved layout that frames vistas of Las Vegas and the surrounding desert landscape.
The resort, entertainment and retail destination CityCenter, developed by MGM Mirage, combines contemporary and urban architecture and a high-density, mixed-use program to redefine Las Vegas. Rafael Viñoly Architects designed the Vdara Hotel and Spa, a luxury residential building in the CityCenter complex. The 148,800-square-meter (1.6 million-square-foot), 57-story Vdara is distinguished by its slender profile and curvature, which responds to Harmon Circle and the interlocking arcs of the ARIA hotel complex located across the shared circular drive. Three parallel, offset arcs rising to varying heights comprise the crescent-shaped skyscraper.
The building volumes are distinguished by the colors of their striped surfaces, and are further articulated by deep recesses between them. The horizontally-striped curtain wall frames the vistas of Las Vegas and the desert landscape beyond. Alternating bands of reflective vision glass and light-diffusing, acid-etched spandrel glass in black and white are set off on different planes to achieve a unique shimmering texture on the façade. Modern, light, and devoid of graphics or ornaments, Vdara presents a distinctive contrast to the themed buildings of the Las Vegas Strip.
Vdara’s 1,495 suites are wide and shallow when compared to most hotel rooms and residential apartments, maximizing views and daylight penetration. An additional benefit of the staggered three-arc floor plan is the creation of six corner rooms compared to the standard four corner rooms common to more conventional buildings.
A curved pool deck located over Harmon Circle shelters a porte-cochere and main lobby. The lobby’s focal point is the Bar Vdara, a lounge and bar with covered outdoor seating that leads into the restaurant, Silk Road. The Sky Pool and Lounge, the south-facing pool deck, allows for long hours of sunlight exposure, and offers private spa cabanas and semi-secluded plunge pools.
In keeping with the sustainable focus of the overall CityCenter development, Vdara Hotel and Spa was designed to meet and has achieved LEED Gold certification.