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Las Vegas embraces high-end architects to lure new tourists

on Monday,December 07,2009 21:12

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Las Vegas'' architecture has often been viewed as tacky and ostentatious, owing much of its allure to borrowed pieces. After all, where else in the world can you find an Egyptian pyramid, a medieval castle, a pirate cove and the Eifel Tower all on the same street? Despite the reputation, Vegas is garnering high praise from LA Weekly''s Architecture Review thanks in large part to the work of prominent designers like Frank Gehry.

Gehry is responsible for the new Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, a $74 million facility for Alzheimer''s patients which uses Gehry''s trademark curveo-linear forms to contrast the rigidly straight administrative and patient-care center.

The nearly 9,800-square-foot center boasts an arched supports that bridge the domed ceiling structure like tree branches and a collection of oddly shaped portholes to let in natural light.

Perhaps more subtle than Gehry''s clinic, is Cesar Pelli''s 61-story Aria resort and casino - an elegant skyscraper featuring staggering levels and an arching, waving design that LA Weekly claims "present(s) a high roller''s version of sun-dappled cliff dwellings."
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