Situated between the ARIA Resort & Casino and the Bellagio CityCenter of Las Vegas, The Vdara Hotel & Spa has launched in December 1, 2009. This building was designed by Rafael Vinoly of RV Architecture, LLC. In keeping with the sustainable focus of the overall CityCenter development, Vdara Hotel & Spa was designed to meet and has achieved LEED Gold certification. Sustainable features include the use of ecologically friendly construction materials (local and low-VOC) and the use of light-coloured surfaces on the pool deck and roof, which reduces the urban heat island effect.
The 1.6 million-square-foot, 57-story Vdara is distinguished by its slender profile and curvature, which respond to Harmon Circle and the interlocking arcs of ARIA Resort & Casino located across the shared circular drive. Three parallel, offset arcs rising to varying heights comprise the crescent-shaped skyscraper. The horizontally-striped curtain wall frames the vistas of Las Vegas and the expansive desert landscape beyond. Alternating bands of reflective vision glass and light-diffusing, acid-etched spandrel glass in black and white are set off on different planes to achieve a unique shimmering texture on the façade. Modern, light, and devoid of graphics or ornaments, Vdara presents a distinctive contrast to the themed buildings of the Las Vegas Strip.
A curved pool deck located over Harmon Circle shelters a generous porte-cochere and main lobby. The lobby’s focal point is Bar Vdara, a lounge and bar with covered outdoor seating that segues into Silk Road restaurant. Other amenities include the two-level Vdara Health & Beauty – a full-service wellness spa, salon and fitness center. Sky Pool & Lounge, the south-facing pool deck which enjoys long hours of sunlight exposure, offers private spa cabanas and semi-secluded plunge pools. The program also includes a conference center with meeting rooms, a sub-divisible 4,000 square-foot ballroom, a boardroom, and a pre-function/registration area – serviced by Vdara’s kitchen.
Vdara’s 1,495 suites are wide and shallow when compared to most hotel rooms and residential apartments, maximizing views and daylight penetration. An additional benefit of the staggered three-arc floor plan is the creation of six corner rooms compared to four in a more conventional building.