Preview : The Pool Deck At CityCenter's Vdara
As further response to our snickering super poke of a post about leaving us in the dark about Aria goodies, the kind folks from Lion Inc.'s PR department sent us the mother lode of architectural renderings. In fact, the CityCenter rendering haul was too big to email and too top secret to link to. Thanks to that old fashion thing that they call "Ground Mail" we've got a coupla hundred megabytes of hi-res goodies, which we're going to start posting piece by piece here, starting with The Pool Deck at Vdara.
I'm not real hot on pools in general, so I'm anxious to hear some of your thoughts about this stuff in the comments.
The Vdara pool deck features three groups of cabanas (far left, top left and far right - 12 total) a number of smaller intimate pools and jacuzzis and a larger central pool deck, all of which is built on top of the main Vdara lobby entrance.
This is the main pool. I'm sweating just looking at it.
Cabanas feature a number of day beds, are separated by cloth walls and sheltered from the sun by wooden canopy. There also appears to be wood decking and a lap swimmers infinity pool.
More cabanas, another smaller pool and a raised fire pit. Photoshop fiends will notice how the bushes are all clones.
It looks pretty interesting, but I do have one major concern. With this pool deck surrounded by a number of glass buildings, I'm extremely worried that the synergy of the energy reflection is going to turn this pool deck into a frying pan.
Think ants + magnifying glass.
An example... there's a building in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip (right next to the old Tower Records on Sunset for those who know L.A.) which was recently redesigned by famed architect Frank Gehry. As expected, he wrapped the building in brushed aluminum a la the Walt Disney Music Hall... which looks great but raises the temperature surrounding it - including my favorite Peet's Coffee joint - about 25 degrees.
Perhaps CityCenter's crack team of architects have done enough mathematics and simulation tests to have figured out a solution. Perhaps they haven't. We'll find out August 2010.
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