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LA Times Reviews Red Rock

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 4th June 2006 1:37pm
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Designed with a wink and nod to the '50s and '60s, and an elbow to the ribs of the '90s (when everything old became new again except not really), Red Rock has a style that could be described as midcentury Modernism with a thyroid problem. It's enormous but by local standards elegant, low-key and even boutique-y. (Still under construction, it will grow from 414 rooms to 850 and add a shopping mall and several new restaurants by December.)

Unlike the irradiated mutant Roman senate, Venetian palace and Tuscan villa across town, the Red Rock uses curvilinear shapes and organic materials such as stacked red sandstone and paneled rosewood to integrate nature and incorporate recently demolished history.

On the inside, a dramatic lowered ceiling in the lobby evokes Frank Lloyd Wright and countless crystals hang in clever deconstructions of the traditional grand chandelier. Otherwise, it's a reverent pastiche of late 20th century design tropes part Zen wellness retreat complete with fake wheatgrass sprouting from bento boxes, and part iPod-populist design temple.



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