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CRYSTALS AT CITYCENTER in Las Vegas, USA by Studio Libeskind
April 21st, 2017 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Studio Libeskind
As the retail heart of the MGM MIRAGE CityCenter project, The Shops at Crystals is a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment space that serves as the connective tissue of the otherwise vertical “city within a city.”
Crystalline stainless steel-clad volumes house the flagship retailers along The Strip, while the spiraling roof structure animates the public arcade internally. Visible in a 180 degreesweep from along the legendary Las Vegas Strip, the structure is a work of architecture read from many different angles. The dramatic form and skylights of its spiraling roof soar over luxury retail and dining and accommodate a public space that features a water fountain at the entry and grand staircase leading to the adjoining Casino.
The dramatic design was achieved by way of environmentally conscious practices and materials. In 2009, the complex achieved LEED® Gold Core & Shell certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the world’s largest retail district to receive this level of recognition.
Crystals’ sustainable highlights include: radiant floor cooling that uses less energy for air conditioning by chilling the air specifically in occupied areas rather than cooling the entire space; sourcing wood products that are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified; highly efficient water fixtures that will save an estimated 1.8 million gallons of water; skylights that allow for abundant natural light to illuminate the space and reducing the need for electric lighting; and guests arriving with alternative fuel vehicles will have access to preferred parking.
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