Desert Bloom

by SUZANNE MIAO on Feb 28, 2011 in Architecture , Interiors , Lifestyle
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Thanks to KPF and Tihany Design, the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas doesn’t just tackle the harsh Nevada climate, it totally overcomes it

When the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (MOLV) achieved LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council (USGBC) when it launched in late 2009, it was a first for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Located in Las Vegas’ forward-thinking CityCenter, designed to be one of the world’s largest sustainable developments, the 392-key MOLV is housed in a distinctive, angular tower rising above Las Vegas Boulevard, where express shuttle elevators deliver guests to the 23rd floor sky lobby.

The architecture of the property’s exterior was designed by the Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, one of whose key aims was to achieve a building that was as durable and energy-efficient as possible within Las Vegas’ desert climate. Based atop a podium of zinc, titanium, granite and limestone, the building rises vertically into a façade that draws inspiration from traditional Chinese motifs. Interiors were designed by Tihany Design principal Adam D Tihany, acting as a design consultant for Adamson Associates Architects on this project, with the infusion of contemporary elegance and Asian influences.

Our goal was to create a site-specific Mandarin Oriental hotel, remaining sensitive to the brand and its stature as a luxury operator,” says Tihany. “At the same time, we made certain that the design concepts were in agreement with the environmentally friendly message of CityCenter. The LEED certification was a technical issue which we applied to our design philosophy. We work with these components in all of our projects and take these procedures very seriously.”

Specific materials and finishes which would correspond to LEED’s technical guidelines were selected, as well as considered transportation and importation efforts as well. “There was a good amount of deliberation, in order to ensure we incorporated all aspects of preservation and conservation within the finished site,” adds Tihany.