New York- and London-based architecture and design firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has completed MGM COTAI in Macau. MGM set out with a vision to develop an integrated resort in Cotai in 2011, with the original plan setting out to build an architecturally compelling pair of towers inspired by local culture.
The design for the project is similar to the three-tiered form seen in MGM MACAU Tower. The stacked boxes of each tower have been shuffled and cantilevered to create a single modern sculptural form. Through the creative use of immaculate Chinese decorative imagery for the façade expression, the abstract composition brings to life a grand and vibrant representation of Chinese jewellery boxes.
"From the outset, we wanted to design a structure that would really stand out on the skyline," says John Bushell, design principal at KPF. “By utilising a composition of similar elements and openings in-between the building, we created a mountain landscape-like structure that allows a variety of interpretations. The outside is striking both in daylight and at night, with lots of dramatic spatial experiences within.”
Spanning over four million sq.ft, MGM COTAI offers 1,400 rooms, a dynamic theatre naming Spectacle, restaurants, retail areas and family zones. Towering above the Spectacle experience is a meticulously engineered column-free long-span diagrid structure as long as a soccer field, where the form of the roof has peaks and valleys that allow it to support its own weight.
The project is expected to open in the third quarter of 2017.