What does $11 billion dollars get you? In Las Vegas, it gets you a bunch of fancy hotel towers, condo buildings and a super mod shopping mall. City Center opened on December 16th, 2009 with most of the stores still under construction. The main anchor stores, Louis Vuitton and Prada were ready to go, but sat pretty empty during this economic downturn. Sales reps outnumbered the shoppers in most cases. We were able to snap a couple pics of the awesome architecture inside this 'Mall of the Future'. Above is a shot of The Ocean Club Restaurant, inside what looks like a floating pod.
Diners enjoy lunch with lots of natural light and expensive food. The mall is named The Crystals designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind. If the picture below, looks kinda familiar to you - it should. This is what the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto - should of looked like if it was given more money. The ROM was also designed by Libeskind and his team. Vegas got it right.
My other favourite design element are the urban trees inside the mall. The installation reminds me of an actual tree, with the plants up top and beyond reach - such a great idea. Definitely not those gross fake trees you find in suburban malls.
Next time you're in Vegas, make sure you check out City Center...not because all the clothes are completely unaffordable - but because of the amazing design.