Architecture in Las Vegas: X Most Beautiful Buildings



Las Vegas is known for many things, including its countless casinos, great entertainment, and a fun and exciting club scene. What's often overlooked because of all these – is the city's architecture.

It is a fantastic place to visit if you're an architecture and design lover, as it features some unique architectural pieces inspired by many different aesthetic styles. Even now, when the best Bitcoin casinos dice games are available online, Vegas casinos are the first to come to mind.

This article will go beyond just casinos, as Vegas has many more beautiful buildings to study and admire.

The Shops at Crystals

 Vegas Mall is like no other in terms of design and style. The 500.000 square foot shopping center is a striking mixture of steel and glass and features sharp angles and geometric shapes. It's the work of Polish American architect Daniel Libeskind, known for his work on the Jewish museum in Berlin and the World Trade Center.

The shops at Crystals are different from these projects as the design is handy and made to introduce visitors to the space and the stores they can find.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a new hotel that opened in 2010. Ever since it opened its doors to visitors, it has become one of the most unforgettable hotels in the city. A team of architects worked on the project, but the final version is the work of David Rockwell.

The West Lobby features an immersive experience with digital art columns featuring dancers responding to guests' movements. It also has a multi-story Chandelier Bar wrapped in 21 miles of crystal beads.

Carbone and Sadelle's

Carbone and Sadelle restaurants in Las Vegas are two separate projects made by the same architect – Ken Fulk. The aesthetic of the 1950s inspires Carbone. It features a massive chandelier from a Ferrari dealership, which hangs in the main dining room. Intimate red velvet banquettes with dramatic red and gold privacy drapes surround the chandelier. It's a head-turning place to see and be seen.

Although the cuisine is strictly American, Sadelle is designed to look like a French restaurant. The design features herringbone wood floors, creamy ocean blue painted walls, and coffered ceilings.

The Neon Museum Visitors' Center

Neon Museum is a unique institution whose design is futuristic enough to house such a museum. It was designed in 1961 as the La Concha Motel. The architect Paul Revere Williams is the best example of mid-century modernism. He was also the first documented African American member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Saved from demolition in 2005, the lobby was moved 2006 to its current location as the Neon Museum's Visitors' Center. It was a great fit since the topic suited the aesthetic of the design.

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Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

This building isn't one that tourists can visit, as it's a medical facility. However, its design and style are so unique that they deserve to be seen in real life. 

The theme of the design was to "keep the memory alive," and the aesthetic is so striking that it can't be easily forgotten.

The focal point is a building housing various event spaces made from swooping masses of stainless-steel arcs and curves, illuminated by natural light from nearly 200 windows. This makes the building look unreal like it's melting into the desert behind it.

Vdara Hotel & Spa

Vdara Hotel and Spa is the work of Uruguayan American architect Rafael Viñoly, who left his mark on the buildings worldwide. The sleek, 148,800-square-meter, 57-story hotel is noticeable for its slender profile and crescent shape, aligned with the circular drive out front.

 Vdara is LEED Gold certified and was the first hotel in Las Vegas (along with Aria Resort) to achieve this distinction in 2009. This was essential to the architect's vision, combining modernist and striking visual identity with eco-friendly goals. The hotel is most beautiful and striking at sunset when the sun reflects on its windows.

Mayfair Supper Club and Bavette's Steakhouse 

Mayfair Supper Club and Bavette's Steakhouse are projects of the Stockholm-born architect Martin Brudnizki. He's known for creating many objects in the hospitality industry, but this steakhouse is unique for its aesthetic and influences.

It features a rich burgundy velvet and blue tile palette, brass Tiffany-style table lamps, and dark wood paneling. Walls are lined with gilded mirrors, black and white historic photos, and oversized murals by David Plunkert. This creates a somewhat magical, toned-down, and other-worldly look and feel.

NoMad Hotel and NoMad Restaurant

Jacques Garcia designed the NoMad Hotel and NoMad Restaurant. He's known for his work in the 1990s, reviving many different Parisian restaurants by introducing a touch of glamour. This look and feel is noticeable in the Las Vegas Work as well. 

The hotel features oak floors, clawfoot tubs, and rich chocolate-hued furniture.

However, the intimate yet huge restaurant is the best part of the hotel. Set in what feels like an 18th-century library, the soaring multi-level space features more than 25,000 books from David Rockefeller's collection on backlit shelves.

ARIA Resort & Casino

When it was first built in 2009, ARIA Resort & Casino changed the skyline of Las Vegas, and it was one of the first non-themed casinos to open in a long time. Argentinian American architect Cesar Pelli designed it. The elements at play are simple: two counterposing curved glass towers, a shimmering facade, and landscaped pools. Therefore, the architecture takes center stage.

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The hotel has 4.000 rooms, but it is one of the greenest hotels in Vegas and is the largest hotel with a LEED Gold rating. This is primarily due to the complex system for water efficiency.

Javier's Cantina

When you think about classy architecture, Mexican restaurants aren't at the top of the list. However, Javier's Cantina is one of the most stylish restaurants in Vegas and beyond. Dodd Mitchel was inspired by Moorish aesthetics when designing the restaurant. This includes curved ceilings, archways, white stucco walls, and tile work.

The statement piece is a 25-foot work of art dubbed "the world's largest piece of chainsaw art" by artist J. Chester Armstrong; the five, 5x10 foot panels depict the Mayan creation myth and modern Mexican history. All of these create an intimate and calm ambiance perfect to put the food and the experience center stage.

The Vegas Sign

Ultimately, The Vegas Sign is a fascinating piece of design and deserves a place on our list, just as much as the buildings we mentioned. It became iconic and synonymous with the city itself. 

The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" was erected in 1959 and was created by Betty Willis.

The skyline of Las Vegas is constantly changing, and some of the buildings on our list have contributed to that change. That's why the sign became even more important as one part of the iconic look that never changes and remains futuristic no matter what.

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