Being in the centre of as Vegas and trying to attract the attention can be not easy task. But some building can cope with it. The bright examples are the casino and hotel “Aria”, which belong to the complex CityCenter. These 2 buildings made of glass can’t but attract people’s attention.
Aria Resort & Casino is a fashionable casino-hotel, which belongs to the complex “CityCenter” on Las Vegas Strip. It is situated in 5 km from Maccaran airport and not far from Hoover Dam.
Aria occupies 2 buildings (61 and 51 stories) and is actually the biggest part of “CityCenter”. It was called “Aria” because it occupies the central place in the “City Center”, like aria plays the main role in the opera. The complex belongs to companies “MGM Resorts International” and “Infinity World Development”.
Aria consists of the hotel with 4000 suits, 16 restaurants, 10 bars and night clubs and casino, which area is 14 000 sq.m. There are also a big pool, a beauty salon, SPA, conference hall and hall for performances.
Aria was projected in 2004 by MGM Resorts International (MGM Mirage at that time) as a part of CityCenter. The architectural project was made by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. The building got started at the beginning of 2006 on the land between Monte Carlo and Bellagio. There were a hotel and casino “Broadwalk”, different shops and parking earlier. All of it was demolished in April 2006, and the basis of “Aria” was done in June, 2006. The building proceeded with the speed of 1 story per week.
In 2007 just in the high point of building Infinity World Development, the subsidiary company of Dubai World, bought 50% of stocks of the CityCenter. They paid $2,7 billions. “Aria” has 2 owners since then.
Aria consists of 2 curvilinear buildings made of glass and steel. They are connected and on the basis there are 3-storied vestibule and casino. Natural materials, like stone, glass and wood, prevail in the inner design. Its design has no theme unlike many casinos and hotels on Las Vegas Strip. While observing Aria, you may view different famous pieces of art.
There is only one casino in the complex and it’s situated in Aria. The area is 14 000 sq.m., and you can find various kinds of game there: there are lots of slots, roulettes, various tables for poker, baccarat, game of craps and other games of chance. The slots are renewed regularly in order to satisfy the desires of the clients. It’s an interesting fact that natural light is partly used in Aria, while other gambling housed try to avoid using it.
There are 4004 suits in Aria hotel, and 500 are of the highest class. There are special Sky Suites, which have separate elevator and entrance. The clients, who live in these suits, arrive to the hotel in limos. All suits are equipped with automatic systems, which regulate the light, switch onoff the light and electrical appliance in empty rooms. close the curtains and keep an appropriate temperature.
3-storied conference center contains 4 dancing halls and 38 rooms for meetings. The general area of bars and restaurants is more than 80 000 sq.m. World-famous chief cooks work in some of them. The beauty salon and SPA are situated on the other two floors.
World-famous “Cirque du Soleil” and its subsidiary “Elvis Presley Enterprises” make here ерушк performances regularly.
There is also a fact, that may be interesting for “greens”: Aria Resort is the biggest hotel in the world, which received the golden certificate from the organization “The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”. These certificates are given to buildings, which are built of environmentally-friendly materials. The main energy-efficient element of “Aria Resort” are drapri walls, which are made of new modern glass tile, which let the light in, but block the hot sun rays and it is very useful due to the conditions of Nevada’s climate.
All in all, Aria is the triumph of high-tech.