Art and Architecture at The Shops at Crystals
In the heart of the Las Vegas Strip lies The Shops at Crystals. This hard to miss building is home to more high-end flagship stores than any other shopping center in the US. Making it the top destination for luxury shopping in the city.
But it’s not just the shopping that makes The Shops at Crystals a premiere destination. The building itself is an artistic retail experience. Whether you’re looking for world-class shopping or you want to see the cutting-edge architecture and design that Vegas is becoming increasingly known for, The Shops at Crystals is well worth a visit.
The architect behind The Shops at Crystals is Daniel Libeskind. His studio is best known for designing a score of museums and art galleries around the world including the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Denver Art Museum. Libeskind’s experience in creating dramatic public spaces is evident at The Shops at Crystals where, depending where you’re standing on The Strip, you’ll be offered a unique view of the jutting angles and shapes of the complex.
The interiors, constructed by New York based design firm Rockwell Group, were envisioned as an “abstract 21st Century Park”. The glitz and glamour of the stores is perfectly balanced by a set of tactile nature based installations and structures.
Visible from almost every location within the center is a three story high wooden Treehouse. More than just a decorative sculpture, the roots of the Treehouse form the Crystals Concierge desk, and the canopy houses a unique dining room for Mastro’s Ocean Club Restaurant. Accompanying the Treehouse are flower carpets throughout the center floor. These flower displays are designed around seasonal themes throughout the year.
The other focal point of The Shops at Crystals is the Grand Staircase. Inspired by the Spanish Steps of Rome, which act as a gathering place in the city center. Crystal rocks sourced from around the world are inlaid into each stair and back lit for added effect. The warm colors of the bamboo and Sapele wood against the bright crystals make it a popular spot for photos.
As you enter The Shops at Crystals you’ll be met by ‘Glacia’, an installation of 15 large pillars of ice. Probably not what you’d expect to find in the middle of the Nevada desert, but leave it to Vegas to pull it off. Be sure to get up close to see the coloured lighting and unique carvings adorning each pillar. The other water based feature not to miss is Halo’s. Halo’s is a visual display of multiple water vortexes’ within clear cylinders shooting out through the floor.
The artistic experience of The Shops at Crystals continues in 50 individual designer stores. New York architect Peter Marino was commissioned to do the three-story Louis Vuitton store (the largest Louis Vuitton store in America) and the Ermenegildo Zegna boutique. The Stella McCartney store houses a stunning Swarovski horse chandelier, made up of 7000 individual Swarovski crystals. And a 30-foot cathedral ceiling drapes over a private room in the Harry Winston store.