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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2006 awards -> MGM City Center Automated People Mover



Entry number: UB06018
Project Name: MGM City Center Automated People Mover
Building Type: Transportation
Completion Date: 2009
Architect: Gensler of Nevada

Design team:
Structural engineer: Saiful/Bouquet
Civil engineer: PBS & J
Transportation consultant: Lea + Elliott, Inc.

Design Approach/Narrative: The APM is a transportation project the serves CityCenter and other MGM Mirage properties. It is a connective piece the ties together diverse programs and diverse architectural statements. As it weaves through, it offers an opportunity to be more than simply infrastructure; it can be a design element, another component of CityCenter’s brand.
The majority of CityCenter buildings are vertical volumes. The APM is a horizontal line, as it is perceived from many vantages, this line wants to be read as a dynamic visual marker. As Las Vegas comes alive at night, this line becomes the “ribbon of light”. As the line approaches a destination node, it swells to enclose the space. The stations are punctuations along the linear path – explosions of light.
The project is not conventional architecture in that it occurs completely above grade and is accessed through above grade levels of its destinations. The stations are not conceived as conventional architectural objects, but more as product design. The stations are elliptical cylinders predominantly made of fritted glass. The mesh structure of the grid shells reinforces the horizontal nature of the project and its atypical relation to the ground.


Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos








These images are low-resolution reproductions of the images provided for the AIA Nevada Design Awards. All materials should be considered copyrighted and may not be reproduced or used without permission.

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