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True 'Bleau

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 4th November 2008 11:50pm
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This isn't exactly Vegas related, but it is related to a future Vegas relative - Fontainebleau. The New York Times has an excellent piece about the massive renovation and renewal project of the Fontainebleau Miami, older sister (or mother?) of it's Las Vegas counterpart.

At the hub of the resort is the Chateau's 45,000-square-foot lobby, an elaboration on the original free-form elliptical shape completed by Lapidus in 1954.

Its original curvaceous outlines were accentuated by three enormous chandeliers, striated Greek-style columns, swirling carpets and a mural of a Piranesi print. The lobby’s famous focal point was a "staircase to nowhere," which actually led from a discreet cloakroom, where ladies could shed their wraps before descending divalike down the white marble steps.

The new lobby, like its predecessor, is a chambered nautilus, all undulating walls and recesses. Mr. Beers stripped away '70s-era carpeting to expose the original marble floor with its signature bow tie design. He covered the wall at the staircase in gold tile and added a light installation by the artist James Turrell and a lounge with a blue reflective floor. The staircase to nowhere is back, the jewel in a set piece expected to draw crowds who want to see and be seen.

None but the principals know exactly how Fontainebleau Las Vegas will thread the needle from it's "original fusion of Modernist rigor and Hollywood cheek" predecessor - albeit nip/tucked - to its post-postmodernist self. For resortitecture nuts or those with more than a passing fancy for the Rat Pack cool, getting a little facetime with the o.g. via the NYT is excellent advance scouting.



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