Project SunburstUncasville, CT, USA Kerzner International, The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Culture + Entertainment, Hospitality, Retail 5.5 million ft2 / 511,000 m2 AIA Connecticut Chapter Design Award (2002), MIPIM Awards Project of the Year Award, Mixed-use Category/Tourism Resorts Category, Finalist (2002)
KPF was the Master Architect for the $1.1 billion Phase II expansion of the Mohegan Sun Casino combining diverse program elements in a rich architectural language that draws inspiration from traditional tribal myths and from geological and natural forms. Located halfway between New York and Boston, the complex is situated on a waterfront site in the lush woods of Connecticut.
This monumental design incorporates a unique sensitivity and responsiveness to the natural landscape. The master plan efficiently brings together the major program elements into a compact arrangement, maximizing the amount of site area that remains undisturbed. Rocks, trees and water are used in the interior to create landscapes that simulate the surrounding woodlands. Glass crystal formations, which are an important part of tribal culture give inspiration for the hotel’s form.
Project Sunburst” triples the area of Mohegan Sun, adding over 5.5 million square feet to the previous 600,000-square-foot facility. The complex is crowned by the crystal-like 35-story hotel tower. Clad in a high-tech curtain-wall system, the hotel provides 1,200 guest rooms, an indoor pool with landscaped terrace, and a health spa. From the hotel, there is direct, internal access to the 170,000-square-foot convention center with the largest ballroom in the northeast US as well as a full service meeting and conference center with a separate kitchen and support areas.
Other new amenities include 115,000 square feet of additional gaming space, 225,000 square feet of retail space, a 10,000-seat entertainment arena, 350-seat cabaret, nine restaurants and lounges, over 10,000 additional structured parking spaces, and ample back-of-house interior programming.
Mohegan Sun Project Sunburst constitutes one of the most significant resort and convention destinations in the world.