Many of us have heard the saying, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas some may even have said so themselves. The phrase is just one more indication of the city's status as one of the top tourist locations in the world.
From humble beginnings in the '30s and '40s, through the golden age of the Rat Pack and beyond, Las Vegas has been built on a mission of hands-on entertainment and excitement.
While that will always be its core business, the city, and more specifically, the area known as The Strip, is entering a new phase, says Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter.
"A burgeoning full-time population has seen Las Vegas become the 28th most populous city in the United States. No longer is the city purely an adjunct to the hotels and casinos, but rather, it has become a desirable place to live. CityCenter is an extension of that concept, founded on a more urbane and sustainable sensibility, one that offers a real sense of community at the heart of The Strip."
Situated on a 27ha site between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts, CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Dubai World and holds the record as the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the country.
"The master plan, as developed by Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut and Kuhn Architects, called for CityCenter to be constructed like a real city," says Baldwin, "with a mix of distinct yet complementary built environments."
"CityCenter breaks away from established norms for the area, siting buildings so that they directly address and engage The Strip, as well as making physical connections to adjacent buildings," says Baldwin.
As with any city, CityCenter has been designed by a range of architects, to create the sense that it has evolved over time. The only difference is that CityCenter's design phase was a matter of months rather than years.