Las Vegas, Nevada
Firms: Gensler, Kohn Pederson Fox, Pelli Clark Pelli Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Murphy/Jahn Architects, Rafael Vinoly Architects, Office of James Burnett
Not only is MGM Resorts’ mammoth “City Within a City” the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States at $9.2 billion, but it also defied all conceivable odds, from gravity to the most devastating global economic crisis since the Great Depression. Now best known by its constituent high-rise parts -- Aria Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental, Crystals retail and entertainment district, Vdara Hotel & Spa, and Veer Towers -- CityCenter transformed the last 67 acres of prime real estate on the Las Vegas Strip with a master plan that was directly inspired by NYC’s Soho district, and possibly by that mean dude who ships glitter to people. It was the country’s single biggest hiring effort in 2009 and continues to employ 12,000 people.
Fun fact: CityCenter contains more than 1 million cubic yards of concrete. That’s enough to build a 4-foot-wide sidewalk from Las Vegas to New York… and back.