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M resort spa & casino
Residential/Hospitality & Architectural Design
Sitting at the south side of Las Vegas Strip in Henderson, this hotel-casino development contains 396 rooms in a 14-story cast-in-place
tower. The horseshoe shaped, blue glass structure has a curved south facade with setbacks and a steel triangular truss grand
porte-cochere entrance clad in zinc and glass. The contoured southern surface deflects wind for a calm northern face that opens onto a
terrace 120,000 sq-ft pool area overlooking the valley. Cantilevered wings flank the outdoor space creating dining patios and terraces. The
podium features Spanish porcelain tile, Turkish travertine and chocolate marble from Pakistan. It contains 92,000 sq-ft of gaming and a
5,000 sq-ft wine cellar.
The low-rise features 80,000 sq-ft of conference space, a fitness center, salon and spa. The podium connects to a three level, cast-in-place
parking garage structure to the east. The buildings, which are organized from west to east, cut into the site slope for a tapered profile from
the hotel tower down to garage. The complex is supported by a 4,000 sq-ft block central plant building and boilers, and added room for
future hotel expansion and condominiums.
The judges felt the detailing and use of materials was handled with great skill.