Casinos are multi-billion dollar businesses, drawing gamblers with state-of-the-art interior and exterior designs that excite and engage visitors. Some casinos leave such an impression that anyone passing them remembers them forever.
The Palms Casino stands as an example, combining modern architecture with tropical landscaping. Continue reading to gain more insight into some of the world’s most iconic casinos and their breathtaking architecture.
1. Morpheus Casino
Moorpheus Casino stands out as an architectural wonder within a casino landscape characterized by themes – ancient Egypt, modern Venice and exotic Africa- that are overplayed. Designed by late architect Dame Zaha Hadid for $1.1 billion luxury hotel tower in Macau.
This building marks a first in terms of free-form high-rise exoskeleton design that maximizes interior spaces by featuring dense patterns of structural members at lower levels before gradually lightening towards higher ones. According to ZHA Associate Director Viviana Muscettola, its structure also embodies the design philosophy of late Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier (deceased).
This tower boasts 772 rooms, suites and sky villas as well as an executive lounge, restaurants, spa and rooftop pool located 130 meters above ground. Dining options include Michelin-star cuisine at Alain Ducasse’s Voyages as well as Pierre Herme’s chic patisserie.
Bellagio was originally dubbed Beau Rivage before it was constructed by Steve Wynn and Mirage Resorts for over $1.6 billion dollars. Opening on October 15, 1998, its design is inspired by Bellagio on Lake Como in Italy.
The casino stands out among Las Vegas as being particularly spacious and attractively designed, boasting tall ornate ceilings and plenty of open space. Furthermore, it provides many different table games such as blackjack, European roulette and pai gow poker for its visitors.
Hotel Bellagio boasts world-class dining and nightlife experiences including Cirque du Soleil’s incredible production ‘O’ as well as being home to the stunning Fountains of Bellagio.
3. The Venetian
Sheldon Adelson’s magnificent megaresort blends monumental scale with beautiful architecture to recreate Venice for guests at his breathtaking megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip. A massive shopping mall, working canals, and an exact copy of Saint Mark’s Square bring Venice alive on this world-famous Strip.
The Venetian’s rooms look straight out of the 1700s, featuring frescoed ceilings and basilica-inspired registration areas. For optimal experience, rooms closer to St Mark’s have more spacious accommodations; but even standard ones are quite large.
Visitors to this hotel can take a romantic ride on a gondola that seats four, enjoy theater in Saint Mark’s Square or visit Madame Tussauds wax museum to interact with celebrities – you could meet George Clooney, Hugh Hefner or Shaquille O’Neal if desired!
4. Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace was once the pinnacle of Vegas and everyone wanted to visit. The centre-strip property featured luxury rooms, spa services, restaurants and celebrity entertainers like Frank Sinatra (O God, You Devil), Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn were among many who played there along with Sammy Davis Jr. (Count Basie), Dean Martin and Evel Knievel (unsuccessfully until later on in his son Robbie’s success) who all performed.
Outsiders saw The Mirage as a glamorous, glamorous property replete with Sinatra and shopping; business insiders saw it as an example of postwar American business theory: innovate or die. When Steve Wynn opened The Mirage in 1989, Caesars struggled to keep pace.
5. Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Caesars Palace opened its doors for business on the Las Vegas Strip for the first time in 1966, setting the precedent for mega-hotels like Bellagio and Mirage to follow in its wake. Today, this property continues to attract high-profile entertainers such as Celine Dion and Jerry Seinfeld who continue visiting.
As founder Jay Sarno envisioned it, his design of the casino-hotel was meant to pay homage to ancient Rome. His bold vision became reality through fountains, sculptures and 20-foot statues of Julius Caesar near its entrance. Additionally, there was also a circular casino surrounded by columns with a 141-foot fountain which Evel Knievel unsuccessfully tried jumping. Since 1967, several multimillion dollar renovation projects have taken place at this hotel to improve both entryway aesthetics and gaming areas.