JCFO designed a series of unique open spaces including a large pool deck, convention center roof garden, porte cochere, and nightclub patio in addition to all site perimeter streetscape and drop-off areas for MGM’s new 75-acre development in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main pool deck is a 300,000 sf area with three large pools, an adult pool, three jacuzzis, 32 custom cabanas and capacity for up to 1,500 guests in a lush setting of tropical and desert vegetation. Each pool area is shaped as a softly rounded ellipse, or pod-like enclosure, with distinctive planting themes: there is a “yucca pool,” an “acacia pool,” and a “palm pool.” The main circulation paths are defined by verdant plantings of palm, acacia, and pine, with a group of large sculptural bottle trees accenting the center. The center is further marked with a distinctive water feature – three large, leaning stone jars that pour water onto a bed of round stones - providing a refreshing, cooling sound. The pool deck fronts the large windows of the Convention Center with a dramatic sloping garden, abstractly patterned with swaths of barrel cactus, agave, euphorbia and river stones.
With Gensler, HKS Architects, Inc., Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Graft, Brandston Partnership, Aquatic Design Group, Thornton Tomasetti Group