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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2008 awards



Entry number: B08053
Project Name: World Market Center, Bldg A,B,C
Building Type: Commercial
Completion Date: Bldg A July 2005 Bldg B January 2007 Bldg C July 2008
Architect: JMA Architecture Studios
Building Location: 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89106

Design Team:
Electrical Engineer: Harris Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: JW Zunino and Associates
General Contractor: Penta Building Group
Structural Engineer: DeSimone
Civil Engineer: G.C. Wallace
Interior Designer: JMA Architecture Studios
Design Architect: The Jerde Partnership, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Finnegan Erickson Associates Consulting Engineers

Narrative/Project Description:
Type of Project: Commercial Building
Completion Date: Bldg A - July 2005, Bldg B - January 2007, Bldg C - July 2008
Type of Construction: Type 1A (High Rise)
Materials Used: Steel and Concrete building with glass, metal panels and EIFS panels
Building Area: Bldg A - 1,286,829 sf, Bldg B - 1,577,731 sf, Bldg C - 1,978,856 sf

Statement of Design Approach:
World Market Center is the world's largest showroom complex for the home and hospitality furnishings industry, serving domestic and international sellers and buyers. Set in the heart of Las Vegas, the fastest-growing home furnishings market in the country, World Market Center will encompass more than 12 million square feet of world-class exhibit space in 8 buildings on 57 acres when it is completed in 2012. The master plan reflects and expresses the creativity and innovation of the industry, envisioning the project as a dynamic assemblage of geometric shapes and forms integrated into a state-of-the-art showroom campus.

The master plan is composed of eight buildings totaling 12 million square feet of showrooms and convention centers, complemented with outdoor water features, courtyards, and enclosed skywalks connecting the various buildings. The design blends the indigenous Las Vegas landscape with contemporary elements using a terra-cotta color palette, earth tones and metallic glass panels that reflect the changing colors of the desert sun and sky. The project invokes a strong sense of architectural drama, the colossal scale accentuated by the convergence of exterior geometric blocks with iconic features soaring dramatically 300 feet into the desert sky.

The design situates the eight buildings around a central plaza, which creates a highly visible communal gathering place that is embraced by a carved architectural composition that frames spectacular views of the surrounding city and landscape. Here, a central atrium, infused with natural light, offers a year-round setting for the interaction of visitors and locals. Interior and exterior landscaping throughout the complex reflects and connects to the topography of the local environment. Conceived as a set of free-floating sculptures, the buildings retain their distinction while integrating into the larger campus. The design streamlines the shopping and researching experience for visitors, facilitating more showroom visits while increasing connectivity between buyers and sellers.

Opening in 2005, Building A features iconic, semi-circular forms and an exterior texture that reflects the local, desert environment. Building B, opening in 2007, contributes to the project's large-scale massing and strong sense of verticality. Opening in 2008, Building C's design is an innovative juxtaposition of geometric forms and design materials. Glass reflects the changing light of the desert sun and sky, creating an always evolving facade. Of the completed buildings, Building C offers the most diverse product categories and will contain over 300 new exhibitors to the campus.

Sustainable Description:
Horizontal fins and diagonal struts bisect the blue tinted low E glass of the lobby entry, allowing natural light to enter the building without changing the temperature.

Building 2 is situated along a north/south axis, allowing natural sunlight to permeate the interior and aid in the moderation of the interior climate.




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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.

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