Within “The Center”

Okay, I lied, but with good reason! I was expecting to write about just a few things but when I started my research and got deep into the CityCenter (and you know I get in there for you guys) I couldn’t stop writing! There were so many interesting things and the post started to sound like jibber jabber! So this will be part 1 of 2! (kind of?) So a summer ago my brother decided to take a quick work vacation and visit us in San Diego, since weve been everywhere locally we wanted to take a quick run for Las Vegas, which is about four to five hours away, but in our situation its always longer than that. Since Vegas is so close it was always easy to pack up a weekender and drive down there, but for some reason I have never stepped foot into the $8.5 billion behemoth of a project that is the CityCenter. When my family goes on trips I usually handle everything and this time I didn’t care what would stop me, “everyone is going to the CityCenter.” Our hotel is so close I could jump from the ledge and probably not make it but the best would be on the street in front of it. Unfortunately things don’t usually go as planned with my family (someone has to go to the bathroom every 15 minutes). I feel like I’ve seen more restrooms than sites in my whole entire life and its always in weird places too. In this situation it was our last day, we’ve been up all night, every night, all of our feet were swelled because of all the walking and the heat is killing me! But I thought of my future followers and said this is for you (future follower). So i took my purple feet and woke everyone up to visit the CityCenter before check out time. Nothing really compares to the LV heat, I feel like the SPF lotion is frying my flesh rather than protecting it. The rush of heat overcomes you immediately after going through the amazing sliding doors of your hotel.We were coming from the north side of the CC so the way was to walk through the footbridge to the Cosmo which connects to the second floor entrance of Crystals. It was the LONGEST 5 minute walk ever and the structural problems of the Harmon building was not helping either. The thought of this 27 story glass building plummeting to the ground and killing all of humanity underneath it was very chilling. After taking a photo I ran past it like a crazy person, flailing my arms up in the air (people were staring). The CityCenter is composed of 6 main structures sprawled over 67 acres of land (Aria, Vdara, Veer, Harmon, Mandarin Oriental and the Crystals center). The outside of the Crystals strcuture looks like sharp gems sprouting from the ground featuring storefronts like Prada, Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.Once inside, a huge 80 foot tall sculptural tree house/restaurant greets you. Designed by David Rockwell himself (renowned architect of Crystals) the Mastro’s Ocean Club is yet to open, but once it has, the dining area will give an illusion of being underwater/beneath the waves. Another internationally renowned chef has opened 2 new restaurants “within the center.” First to open is the Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. At first this restaurant was supposed to be a French fine dinning experience called Brasserie Puck but after some issues the name was switched to what is currently being used today and now features rustic Italian creations by the chef. Pods is Puck’s Cafe & Bar offering for people who would rather eat more casually. Located right underneath his pizzeria, Pods cafe stays true to its name with it’s extensive breakfast, lunch and pastry menu. The cafe also presents Wolfgang Pucks venture into coffee & tea creations.

 Coincidentally took a shot of Puck (above) and pods (stairs) together

This is the end of Part 1! Follow me and experience part 2, “$40 million and then some.” I hope you guys enjoyed your daily dose!

Follow Me! -Lago 🙂

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193 thoughts on “Within “The Center”

  1. Bridget Gaddis, AIA, Leed AP

    Thanks for recently visiting my blog, “real people don’t hire architects.” I was the project architect for Bvlgari when the store was built. It is actually visible in your photo. You can imagine how surprised they were to see the size of the the tree house sculpture, and even more surprised when it blocked the view of their storefront from the main entry to the Crystals. Suffice it to say, they were not amused.

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  2. riverpearl

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a ‘like’ so I could discover yours. Your pics are stunning and I really like your writing style. I’m especially amused at making choices for “future followers”. Great blog.

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  3. hippiechickmutant

    I’m glad you liked my blog, because I got to check out yours. These photos are fabulous; they truly look professional! Nice blog!

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  4. mysterycat75

    Hi Lagos,
    Thanks for stopping by my post and allowing me to become acquainted with yours. Pleased to make your acquaintance. I have never been to California, but I have a great interest in photography, and I really like your pictures. They make me want to visit California.

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  5. iRuniBreathe

    Hi Lagos,
    Thanks for stopping by my site. I like what you’ve got on your blog. I’ve never been to LV, and have generally heard about the free drinks and all-night gambling. I like your tour of the city center. There is an “outside” to LV too! Looking forward to reading more.

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  6. moskeda

    When I first saw the name Lagos, I laughed cos I live in Lagos, Nigeria. You have a beautiful blog with lovely photos. I hope to visit America one day. Can’t wait. Well done.

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  7. Iris

    Thanks for the like, Lagos! I particularly like the first pic in this series, with the two buildings you saturated in another post. They look crazy drunk!

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  8. 44elizabethstreet

    my friend thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are the first person to post a liking for one of my posts.I am honoured and I can see you are only quite new to blogging yourself and man you are going the right way. I’m still trying to work a lot out can be a bit tricky. Your Las Vegas post is cool and the phots are top of the pops! haha. thank you again.

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  9. Marc Phillippe Babineau

    I’m guessing there’s no dollar stores or McDonalds in there? Swanky looking place! I was in Vegas in 88-89, working at Luke AFB in Phoenix and driving there every weekend – nothing like this then, that’s for sure!

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  10. angels2send

    very cool photography! i´m always amazed at architectural photography and how if you squint your eyes just a bit, if the picture is right, you can see the most amazing abstraction.

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  11. poisedpen

    Crystals is a great place to find art in architecture, and your photos really capture some of this. I also love the public art outside the center. People forget sometimes that Las Vegas has some beautiful artwork, and even a children’s museum. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! I’ll be back to enjoy more of your work.

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  12. BABYBOOMER johanna van zanten

    hi Lagos, I am curious about the Centre after your beautiful photos and would have wanted to see it when last in LV, but my companions were not interested so I admired the outside. Will go inside if there’s a next time. Thanks for liking my blog post. Loved the story about the American in the Philippines.
    Johanna

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    • Lagos

      Thanks! I wanted to do a nice critique or something but when I clicked back to your name It wouldn’t revert me to your blog.

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  13. silvachiqa

    You beat me to the punch, I recently visited LV, did you get into the new Metropolitan Casino/Hotel, just awesome. Good luck with your blog, and don’t worry about the process, you will end up inspiring new bloggers like myself, go for it! Thanks again for stopping by mine.

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    • Lagos

      I should watch out then. I did but I didn’t feature the hotel because of the rager I got to see for free from the rooftop. Check it out it’s one of my posts.

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  14. J. A. Robinson

    THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like.” With your striking photos and well-written narrative, your blog is off to a great start. I’m astounded that a post on a blog that is only in its 2nd month could have 90 “likes.” Keep posting!

    –John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com

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  15. Kate

    Great pictures along with good fun. I hear you about the whole restroom situation, purple feet and sunblock that doesn’t do the job. Thanks for reading my post tonight.

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    • Lagos

      Hallelujah for someone who actually read the thing! I can’t critic artistic writing but yours was really great. Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. scoopofknowledge

    Wow, these pictures are fantastic! Thank you for finding my blog. I hope that you continue to read, as I post daily. I hope you listen to that album! 😉

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  17. multeepurpose

    Neat post – I’ve lived and worked in Vegas, but you managed to get some great pictures and say it all in a new way that was entertaining to read! If you ever get the chance and want to see a different side of the city – venture up to Redrock Canyon in Vegas. There are some short hikes, and as long as you go around 6am its not too hot. Living Breathing Art 🙂

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    • Lagos

      Ill probably stop by and take some photos but as far as hiking, I would try it for this blog but there will be a lot of complaining. That’s just me, thanks.

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  18. Whitney Woo

    I live in Salt Lake which is 6 hours away from Vegas by car. We frequently go down there, but I hardly take any pics for whatever reason! You have a nice collection of them so far!

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    • Lagos

      Thanks and there’s actually a lot more I’m just having a hard time delegating where the images will go, in short im crazy.

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  19. erinparker75

    was just in LV a few weeks ago and we partied at Haze in Aria so got the full citycentre effect…loved vegas!! a true adult playground 🙂 great post!

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  20. monareddy

    Cool how you cut the buildings at the base…never thought of doing that when taking pics of skyscrapers! Really cool effect!

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  21. RoC(k)r

    I’ve been to LV a couple of times, but guess I stuck to the strip and to Old LV – but I’ve never seen this. Guess I need to go back. Woe is me. 🙂

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