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A Well-Designed Hotel For The New Las Vegas

By Chuckmonster on Sunday, 29th May 2005 7:34pm
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You've seen it: a startling and sleek modernistic tower rises above a cluster of low-rise structures with balconies and glassy atriums. San Jose City Hall? Nope, the new Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.

The similarities today among serious civic buildings, glitzy casino hotels and Santa Clara business parks (check out the Spanish hacienda-style Mexican restaurant snuggling up to shiny towers at Great America Parkway) are greater than their differences.

We love ultramodern towers on the skyline, but the buildings we want to rub elbows with are cozy, village-like and old-fashioned in appearance. That's a real-life lesson in architecture.

While the eighteen-story City Hall is white metal and beige stone, the Wynn hotel is a 50-story curving plane clad in dark bronze glass, with colorful, boxy, Tuscan-style lower buildings. But the easygoing Las Vegas approach accepts such contrast and ambiguity. And that approach is spreading.



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