Vertical Strip: A Hanging Tower, American Casino Resort

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower, US Concept Building, Clark County Nevada Design, Mohave County Arizona Project, News

Vertical Strip – A Hanging Tower, USA

American Casino Resort – Concept Design at Hoover Dam / Bypass Bridge

page updated 14 Sep 2016 with larger images ; 25 Jul 2011

Vertical Strip – A Hanging Tower

Casino resort, a satellite alternative to Las Vegas

Location: straddling border of Clark County, Nevada and Mohave County, Arizona

Design: Stephan Sobl

This design is about the interplay of opaque massive surfaces capable of incorporating poché and lightweight, fragile structure. The resulting environments developed by these distinct architectural languages are exploited and distributed vertically to create extreme spatial sequences.

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA
images © Stephan Sobl

The architectural project is an American casino resort, a satellite alternative to Las Vegas, located on a dramatic site between the Hoover Dam and the Bypass Bridge. The resort caters to various 21st century vices including entertainment (concert venues, MMA Fighting), gambling and luxury living.

The architectural challenges I dealt with were taking the convential vertical tower, including its plynth and orientation, and turning it upside down.

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA

Architectural elements:

The massing layout is construed by the event space on top with a framed view of the Hoover Damm; the casino underneath leading to the hotel lobby and the hotel itself. At the bottom of the tower there is a dramatic area for happenings and ceremonial occasions. It also includes a breakfast room and high end dining with the elevator core floating above the space; a glass floor providing views to the ground; and terraced floor slabs.

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA

In terms of circulation, there are several ways leading into the plynth of the tower, including car circulation; and viewing platforms.
The bridge circulation focuses on 3 elements:
– structural details of the Bypass Bridge
– openings to the Hoover Damm
– breathtaking diagonal views of the hanging tower with a constant interplay of plunging and emerging.

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA

Once you arrive at the entrance of the tower, you enter the hanging structure through the supportive strings leading you down through the casino into the hotel lobby.

The structural system is divided into 3 tectonics:
– a massive concrete structure building the cantelivar for the hanging tower
– a lightweight hanging tower
– a metal shell embracing the structure

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA

The way I generated the tower is with a partical simulation based on gravity. In order to achieve structural logic the stings are rotated clockwise and counter clockwise.

The metal shell provides shading and natural wind cicrulation for the tower of which its panels are orientating themselves according to changing wind conditions.

Vertical Strip Hanging Tower design USA
images © Stephan Sobl

Diploma project: Stephan Sobl just graduated from architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna – Studio Greg LYNN.

Vertical Strip – A Hanging Tower text / images © Stephan Sobl, 2011 Vertical Strip – A Hanging Tower images / information from Stephan Sobl

Location: Hoover Dam, Clark County, Nevada / Mohave County, Arizona, U.S.


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