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AIA Nevada Design & Service Awards Archive -> 2009 awards -> Hard Rock Casino, Macau - City of Dreams


Entry number: IE09021
Project Name: Hard Rock Casino, Macau - City of Dreams
Building Type: Interior Design, Lighting Design
Completion Date: May 2009
Architect: Steelman Partners
Building Location: Baia de Nossa Senhora de Esperanca, Estrada da Cotai, Macau
Type of Construction:
Interior Fit Out
Materials Used: Glass, stainless steel, timber, stone, fabric
Building Area: 40,354 sf

Design Team:
Architecture Firm:
Steelman Partners
Architect of Record: Ethan Nelson
Client/Owner/Developer: Melco PBL Entertainment (Macau) Ltd.
Interior Designer: Steelman Partners
Structural Engineer: Mott Cunnett Ltd.
Electrical Engineer: J. Roger Preston Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: J. Roger Preston Ltd.
Civil Engineer: Mott Cunnett Ltd.
General Contractor: Leighton-China State-John Holland J.V.
Photographer: Casino Connection International

Statement of Design Approach:
Taking the key demographic of a hip 21-50 year old into account, the Hard Rock City of Dreams Casino was designed to establish and reinforce the Hard Rock brand identity.

The rock and roll inspired casino was created with Asian overtones and influences; complete with an undulating ceiling that was inspired by a conceptual dragon. Coined the Rock and Roll Dragon, the ceiling embodies motion and fluidity.

The use of mosaics and bold rich carpeting provide a feeling of refined elegance. The casino lighting was designed to feel like a club or lounge, casual with an edge (HIP!). All of the materials were selected based on rock n roll inspired musical fashions, straight from the latest advertisements, and to be mood driven.

As one enters the property, they are enveloped in the dramatic grandeur that is the Hard Rock City of Dreams Casino. The visitor is made to feel like they are the rock-star on stage – in the center of attention.

Upon entry, guests are greeted by custom created wall art consisting of LED lighting, designed to stimulate a sense of excitement and conversation. Just like a rock and roll musician, we created a dramatic and progressive space that is iconic and impressive; fluid and romantic – filled with unexpected discoveries.

The path and ceiling guides patrons towards the center bar, the main attraction for the casino floor. The main ceiling invokes energies of a rock and roll dragon –fashioned out of a special plaster finish with a sheen, which gives a shiny, iridescent quality.

There is a bold, colorful and graphic custom designed wall paper framing the casino perimeter, which also plays off the dragon theme.

The casino is designed with bold graphics for a fresh and different look… down to the carpet, rich in edgy Asian hues of reds, oranges & yellows.

Rock Memorabilia is strategically and tastefully placed throughout the casino to carry the Hard Rock brand identity. This nostalgic art is framed in deep chrome shadowboxes –to provide a glitz on display aesthetic.

The casino bathrooms are decorated in black on black with silver accents. Complete with black tile counters, black marble floors, dark tinted mirrors, a silver leaf ceiling with black custom chandeliers –the facilities offer more than just a practical purpose in a moody ambiance.

The lighting of the gaming tables throughout the project is unique in its use of low-voltage track lighting that incorporates compound curves. The track rails were bent at the factory to the curves shown in both plan and section. Any deviation was easily adjusted for during installation due to the track’s inherent flexibility. The same flowing curves were incorporated into the entry wall video features as well. These dynamic elements are comprised of frosted acrylic rods mounted to align with panels of LED nodes mounted inside the walls. The varying lengths of the acrylic rods give the features a soft undulation and dimensionality repeated throughout the venue in the ceilings and at the center bar.

Sustainable Description:
The lighting for the project incorporates a variety of cutting-edge LED fixtures, both white and RGB, using a fraction of the power of similar incandescent fixtures.

All of the architectural lighting fixtures used are either low-voltage halogen or LED. These fixtures will not only save dramatically on power consumption but will greatly reduce the maintenance costs to the owner and minimize waste due to fixture re-lamping.

The design plan originally intended to cover the ceiling in anodized metal finish, the client opted to downgrade to a plaster trowel finish utilizing much more sustainable resources.



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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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