Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (2010)

Arquitectonica, Design Architect; Friedmutter Group, Executive Architect

Las Vegas NV

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Visited January 24-26 2014

Built on a sliver of land between the Bellagio and CityCenter, the Cosmopolitan consists of two towers over a multistory base building. The exterior design architect is Arquitonica, the famous Miami area based firm that designed the condo towers featured in the Miami Vice TV series intro. Interestingly, the Cosmopolitan appears way down near the bottom on the architect’s website portfolio page  – below even their Miami Vice era work. Unfortunately, I agree that is where it should be. They have done some amazing work all over the world, but these towers I was very disappointed with when I experienced them on this trip.

The smaller east tower, closest to Las Vegas Blvd. has balconies completely wrapping each floor. They seem more appropriate to the Miami climate than the Las Vegas desert (but it may have been the developer’s demand not the architect’s influence). The proportions of the top profile of the tower from the north and south elevation is, well just odd. The top few floors on the street facade step back slightly, then the roofline rises up to form the backdrop for the sign, then angles down to the western edge of the building. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of it…as I did not want a photo of it. Now I wish I had one just to include here to let you decide for yourself. Here is a link to a web photo. What do you think?

The interiors have some interesting spaces and elements – as well as some odd installations. The check-in lobby had a fascinating video wallpaper installation wrapping the large square columns. A series of black & white video images were displayed. The relatively low ceilings are mirrored, and the black floors have a high gloss which reflect the video displays and for a very dramatic display.

From there the interiors get confusing to me. In niches around this lobby are purple tufted Adams Family-like settees with antique black telephones and venetian glass chandeliers. Speaking of chandeliers……the multi-story bar/lounge in the center of the casino, retail and dining areas is aptly called the “The Chandelier”.  This extravaganza has strands of crystals flowing from the ceiling of the upper level down to the Casino level, draped in layers around the 3 bars and lounge. Bathed in a fuchsia light, this larger than life installation seems more obnoxious than elegant…then again I remind myself it is Vegas.

Oh, and just incase there is not enough bling for you, Liberace’s rhinestone covered roadster is parked just below The Chandelier.

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Website

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