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W Las Vegas Condominium-Hotel

Photos & Links: (Web Page 1)
Las Vegas, NV
Alternate Name(s):
  • W Hotel Las Vegas
Purpose(s): Cancelled
Opened: 2008
Completed: 2010
Cost: $1 B $2.5 B
Other Size Measure: 24.5-arce site
75,000 sqft casino
300,000 sqft meeting space and a spa and gym
Owners: Edge Resorts/Statwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide
Contractors: M.J. Dean Construction (General)
Description: 3000 Hotel and Residential Units
More than 10 Restaurants and Nightclubs

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.
Award(s) Won:
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2007) Entry No. UB07014, Submission.
UNLV Architecture Studies Library holds: Form Core Boards, Project Identification Form, Photo Release Form, Intern Compensation Disclaimer Form, Project Entry Form, Exteriors Photos, Site Plan, Floor Plans, Interior Photos and CD

"Building Jackpot: No Slowdown in Sight for Las Vegas." Southwest Contractor. September 2006: 20-24.

Knightly, Arnold M. “Second the motion: harmon corridor developing into Las vegas’ next big boulevard.” Las Vegas Review Journal. March 18, 2007. 1E, 3E.

Mastrelli, Tara. ed. Stacy Shoemaker Rauen. "Las Vegas." HospitalityDesign, April 2006, 135-137.

"Projects. Development. Hotel and Casino." Lacina Heitler Architects. 2005. [Online]. Available: Accessed May 8, 2006.

Smith, Hubble and Arnold M. Knightly. "Development: A whole lot of nothing going on." Las Vegas Review Journal. [Online]. Available: Accessed October 6, 2008.

Smith, Hubble. “Development: W hotel takes sin city spin.” 24 August 2005. [Online].
Accessed August 19 2005.

Smith, Hubble. "Developers Hire Local Talent for W Condo-Hotel Work." Las Vegas Review-Journal. 8 May 2006. [Online]. Available: Accessed May 8, 2006.

Smith, Hubble. “W developer to consider options: Edge resort to explore partnerships for condo project.” Las Vegas Review Journal. 15 December 2006. [Online].
Accessed March 29 2007.

Smith, Rod. “Strip booms again.” Las Vegas Review Journal. 15 June 2006. [Online]. Available:
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“W Las Vegas.” Edge-star Residential. (2006).

W Las Vegas Hotel/Casino Residences Brochure. Edge Resorts. 2006. [Online]. Available: Accessed May 8, 2006.