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   AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2007 awards -> "W" Las Vegas



Entry number: UB07016
Project Name: "W" Las Vegas
Location:  Las Vegas NV
Building Type: Casino & Hotel
Completion Date: 2010
Architect:  Klai Juba Architects

Design Team:
Architect: Klai Juba Architects
General Contractor: W.A. Richardson Builders
Design Team: CAD International
Electrical Engineer: RHR Engineering
Structural Engineer: Lochsa Engineering
Design Architect: Lacina Heitler
Civil Engineer: Kimley Horn & Associates
Landscape Architect: J.W. Zunino & Associates
Interior Designer: Cagley & Tanner

Narrative/Project Description:
Modern, sleek, contemporary, distinguished... all adjectives which developers of the new W Las Vegas had in mind as what they thought would best describe their concept for a new Las Vegas resort.

After acquiring 33 acres of land on Harmon Avenue just east of Las Vegas Boulevard, the goal was to turn these adjectives into a building that would serve as the worldwide flagship of the `W' brand and a 3000+ room full service hotel/casino resort. Executive architects Klai Juba Architects, along with design consultant Lacina Heitler Architects, were challenged by zoning regulations preventing gaming within 500 feet of a nearby housing development to the southwest of the property. This essentially defined the organization of the property designating much of the retail and pool areas to the southwest corner of the property and distributing the casino and supporting dining and entertainment amenities to the north and west sides of the property. In order to support fluid guest circulation and provide optimum sunlight for the pool deck, the twin room towers were located along the northern edge of the property.

The exterior of the `W' exudes all of what the owner defined as the future of Las Vegas and of the `W' brand. Stunning reflective grey-blue glass with random lighter colored horizontal banding defined the towers and identified them with the understated sophistication that is the `W'. This choice of glazing not only allowed the towers to stand out on their own, but also reflected the unique beauty that is the twilight and nightlight of one of the world's most recognized skylines. The low-rise facades consisted of a dynamic mix of both solid, monochromatic masses with colorful graphic planes which engaged passers by on a personal, pedestrian level as well as on a larger scale vehicular level

Important throughout the planning of this property was efficient and easy navigation by the guests while providing sufficient support functions to all the resort's amenities all while maximizing not only the use of land, but the views towards the ever-famous Las Vegas Strip. The orientation of the room towers allowed for strip views in all of the property's rooms - essentially not having a "back side" that is considered undesirable by guests. Also key to the master plan was pulling the vehicular access off Harmon to Koval Lane, which reduced the amount of land required for onsite vehicular activity and allowed for retail and dining functions to be pushed all the way to the street creating a dynamic and uninterrupted pedestrian experience along the south side of the property.









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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.

Monday, 17-Dec-2012 10:50:03 PST