The Las Vegas Strip, the most visited tourist destination in the world, recently received its first-ever park, a spectacular public space designed by !melk, that is destined to become the most trafficked park in the world.
What makes this project remarkable is the fact that private corporations, the owners of the properties along Las Vegas Boulevard, recently came to realize the value of investing in outdoor public space versus traditional (buildings) real estate development. They also see the economic and marketing value of sustainable, authentic, and contextual design. A more complete and mature urban condition has begun to form as a contrast to the prevailing thematic and artificial attractions that gave Las Vegas its familiar reputation to date. The cutting-edge design of “The Park” celebrates the context of the Mojave region and reinstates what Las Vegas once was – an oasis in the desert.
Las Vegas exists in an extremely challenging arid location, exposed to sun, heat, dust storms, and scarcity of water. All design elements mitigate these extremes to create the most enjoyable urban experience possible. Iconic shade structures, water features, and desert plantings with drought resistant trees help temper the Las Vegas heat. “The Park” utilizes “best management practice” sustainability guidelines for water use.
MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (client), Cooper Robertson & Partners (planner), Marnell Architecture (architect), Lochsa Engineering (civil & site structural engineer), JBA Consulting Engineers (electrical engineer), Lighting Design Alliance (lighting design - site), Arup (lighting design - shade structures), Leni Schwendinger (lighting design - shade structures), Selbert Perkins Design (way finding design), Water FX (water feature engineer)
Water Hero Award by the Water Conservation Coalition / Southern Nevada Water Authority, AL Design Award for the shade structures lighting (Best Use of Color category)