Apple plans lavish 20,000-sf Las Vegas mega store

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
As extravagant as hotels in Las Vegas have become, the next stage of uber-spectacular may arrive when the $8 billion CityCenter resort opens next Fall on the city's world famous Strip, and electronics maker Apple Inc. is said to be an integral part of the project.



Developed by Mirage MGM and designed by eight architects with distinctly-different styles, the complex of towers on 76 acres south of the Bellagio hotel will feature lavish condominiums, hotels, casinos and 500,000 square-feet of retail space within several uniquely-designed spaces.



According to people familiar with the project, Apple has been selected to anchor the development's most valuable and prominently positioned retail space on Las Vegas Boulevard, spanning two levels and sprawling over 20,000 square-feet. When it opens in the fall of 2009, there will be three Apple stores in the so-called Entertainment Capital of the World along a four-mile section of the Strip.



The retail and public area of the development, called The Crystals, was co-designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and Adamson Associates Architects. According to the Libeskind Web site, the retail spaces will be housed, "within crystalline, metal-clad shapes" right along the Strip. "A dramatic entryway into the retail area from the Strip will draw pedestrians into the public arcade, covered by an expressive, spiraling roof structure," the web site states.



The project's public spaces will also allow for a variety of urban experiences, the design firm says, including a water feature at the entry, cafés and a grand staircase leading to Casino Square.



Even compared to standards set by some of Apple's latest high-profile stores, the CityCenter retail spaces are extravagent. Architect's renderings show the storefronts as all-glass, framed by irregular geometric shapes tilted at varying angles. The project is well into its construction, and you can see a live webcam here.



Story co-authored by Gary Allen, creator and publisher of ifo Apple Store, which provides close watch of Apple's retail initiative.



































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  • Reply 1 of 35
    ivladivlad Posts: 739member
    Apple should just design its own structure. But I think someone wants to catch up to Dubai here... =)))))) Good to see nice architecture taking shape.
  • Reply 2 of 35
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    The towers around the outside look good, but the middle area is too messy looking.
  • Reply 3 of 35
    stukdogstukdog Posts: 53member
    I drive by the City Center everyday as I drive to my data center. It really is becoming quite the resort. With it's modern look, it makes the surrounding buildings look old.



    However, I wish Apple would put just one store off the strip somewhere. There are two million of us residents who would prefer not to drive to the strip every time we need something.



    I'm hoping for an Apple Store when the Red Rock Resorts opens it's shopping center. I think that will be high profile enough for Apple.
  • Reply 4 of 35
    aaarrrggghaaarrrgggh Posts: 1,564member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iVlad View Post


    Apple should just design its own structure. But I think someone wants to catch up to Dubai here... =)))))) Good to see nice architecture taking shape.



    Actually, the UAE sovereign fund is a half-owner in the project if I recall correctly. Great place for an Apple store...
  • Reply 5 of 35
    MacProMacPro Posts: 17,775member
    And a great time to build with building market so depressed. They should be able to do it at a great price.
  • Reply 6 of 35
    6 people have died already during the construction of this. There was a major walkout this week to force a safety audit. Here's to hoping no one else dies...



    Having said that, I find it interesting that Apple is going to have 3 stores, all within 3 miles of each other (Towncenter, City Center, and Fashion Show). Towncenter typically has customers, though only busy on the weekends it seems. Fashion Show is a mob everyday of the week. I don't think they're going to cannibalize off each other simply because Towncenter caters more to the locals while City Center is a world of its own and the Fashion Show will more than likely retain their mid to high end shoppers from Bellagio, Mirage, Venetian, and Wynn.



    Just mind boggling how this company has turned itself around in the past five years.
  • Reply 7 of 35
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Callaway7 View Post


    6 people have died already during the construction of this. There was a major walkout this week to force a safety audit. Here's to hoping no one else dies...



    Talk about pushing the envelope, how about that leaning skyscraper? That looks pretty scary to me.
  • Reply 8 of 35
    vinitaboyvinitaboy Posts: 156member
    Too many instances of the error here to ignore today . . . (Just trying to help)



    "IT'S" = "IT IS"



    "ITS" = the possessive pronoun



    It is the latter of this pair that the above posters meant to use.
  • Reply 9 of 35
    minderbinderminderbinder Posts: 1,703member
    I was just there a few weeks ago, stayed at Planet Hollywood and could see construction out my window.



    It's huge, and it looks like it's going to be gorgeous. This is the biggest non-government construction project ever. Over 10 billion dollars (and rising).



    If apple can get a primo spot in it, that's fantastic. And I don't think there can be too many stores on the strip, there are tons of duplicate stores not far from each other on the strip, and it doesn't seem to hurt those businesses at all.



    I can't wait to see the finished project and apple store in person.
  • Reply 10 of 35
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VinitaBoy View Post


    Too many instances of the error here to ignore today . . . (Just trying to help)



    "IT'S" = "IT IS"



    "ITS" = the possessive pronoun



    It is the latter of this pair that the above posters meant to use.



    I has fixed my its.
  • Reply 11 of 35
    quinneyquinney Posts: 2,520member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ascii View Post


    The towers around the outside look good, but the middle area is too messy looking.



    i guess cartoonish asymmetry is IN
  • Reply 12 of 35
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,213member
    I guess some people are not familiar with the Denver Art Musuem?







    Anyway, this would definitely make it worth it to go back to Vegas for me.
  • Reply 13 of 35
    ensign pulverensign pulver Posts: 1,193member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Callaway7 View Post


    I find it interesting that Apple is going to have 3 stores, all within 3 miles of each other (Towncenter, City Center, and Fashion Show).



    You forgot the new store at the Forum Shops. FOUR stores in a three mile strip.
  • Reply 14 of 35
    schmidm77schmidm77 Posts: 223member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stukdog View Post


    I drive by the City Center everyday as I drive to my data center. It really is becoming quite the resort. With it's modern look, it makes the surrounding buildings look old.



    The problem with these outrageous designs is that them become dated much more quickly than something more conservative.
  • Reply 15 of 35
    kkerstkkerst Posts: 330member
    I think this is a bad idea. Why does Apple need 20K sf to sell their stuff? What could they possibly fill the space with? I think is really a front for an SJ private retreat. Nothing wrong with that you say? Too ostentatious, usually companies fold after doing dumb things like this.
  • Reply 16 of 35
    ensign pulverensign pulver Posts: 1,193member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by schmidm77 View Post


    The problem with these outrageous designs is that them become dated much more quickly than something more conservative.



    Conservative? Las Vegas???
  • Reply 17 of 35
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by quinney View Post


    i guess cartoonish asymmetry is IN



    I'm sure that's how the architect sold it. To me it looks like he was just indulging himself at the client's expense.
  • Reply 18 of 35
    bc kellybc kelly Posts: 148member
    Las Vegas, and neighbors, beware



    Colorado River tricky animal



    Desalinated water from Coast



    Very expensive











    Thank You

    BC Kelly

    Tallahassee Fla
  • Reply 19 of 35
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,213member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kkerst View Post


    I think this is a bad idea. Why does Apple need 20K sf to sell their stuff? What could they possibly fill the space with?



    Based on what we don't know right now, I'd say it could be a very savvy move on their part.
  • Reply 20 of 35
    dimmokdimmok Posts: 359member
    Can anyone say...FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE.
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