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MGM Mirage Project City Center Automated People Mover

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Las Vegas, NV
Alternate Name(s):
  • Project City Center Automated People Mover
Contractors: Structural engineer: Saiful/Bouquet
Civil engineer: PBS & J
Transportation consultant: Lea + Elliott, Inc.
Description: 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.
Award(s) Won:
Extra Note: AIA Nevada Design Awards (2006) Entry No. UB06018, 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