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Two Way Hard Three Interviews Wynn Las Vegas and Bellagio Architect DeRuyter Butler

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 8th March 2006 1:32am
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Our friends at Two Way Hard Tree have posted a fantasmic interview with Chief Architect of the Steve Wynn arsenal of Greatness - Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas among others. Its a very fascinating look into the minds that created what are inarguably the greatest resorts ever created this side of Venus. Here's a short excerpt of a MUST read interview. Follow the link below to read it in its entirety.

Two Way Hard Three: What aspect of Wynn Las Vegas are you the most proud of? What aspect of Bellagio?

DeRuyter Butler: When given the assignment of designing and developing Bellagio, it was to be the most innovative, sensitive and extravagant resort/casino ever developed with new ideas and guest experiences, not just more of the same. That is to say, not necessarily spend money for the sake of spending but rather to pioneer and develop new ideas and concepts that had not been done before, for any resort of this size. We strove to achieve certain basic goals such as a much stronger integration of the indoors and outdoors than we had done at Mirage, a more intimate feel than Treasure Island and a more luxurious interior than we had done at the Golden Nugget.

Bellagio's success was widely acknowledged as the best resort in Las Vegas and likely the world when it opened. Shortly after opening, the merger of Mirage Resorts and MGM was announced and Mr. Wynn departed the company to start over again. He immediately purchased the Desert Inn, including the golf course. After studying the existing operation and buildings for several months, we concluded the amount of money and work necessary to remake the Desert Inn was not practical and no matter how much money and time was spent, would not result in anything more than a typical Las Vegas casino and certainly nothing that could rival Bellagio.



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