Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino

Phase II Expansion

This $1.1 billion, 5.5-million-square-foot expansion of the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino combines diverse program elements in a rich architectural language that draws inspiration from traditional tribal myths and from natural forms.

Situated on a site along the Thames River in the lush woods of Connecticut, the complex rises from the landscape in the shape of a crystal formation, an important element within Mohegan tribal culture. Rocks, trees, and water in the interior evoke the surrounding woodlands, while the compact design minimizes the impact of the complex on its natural setting.

Crowned by 1,200-key Sky Tower hotel, which includes a pool, landscaped terrace, and spa, the expansion also includes a convention center, additional gaming space, entertainment arena, cabaret lounge, restaurants, lounges, and additional parking spaces. The convention center includes separate kitchen and support areas as well as the largest ballroom in the northeast US.

Unlike many casinos, the design incorporates natural light throughout the gaming floors and casino spaces, allowing visitors to orient themselves as well as enjoy a sense of connection to the surrounding environments. This approach also saved significant cost by reducing the need for artificial light systems and consequent energy usage.

Tripling the area of the complex on an accelerated schedule of only 35 months start to finish, this major expansion elevates Mohegan Sun as one of the most significant resort and convention destinations in the world.


Uncasville, CT, USA


Kerzner International, The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority


Rockwell Group (Interior Designer, Casino), Hirsch/Bedner (Interior Designer, Hotel)


Hospitality, Mixed-Use, Retail


511,000 m2 / 5,500,000 ft2


1,200 Rooms


Design Award (AIA Connecticut 2002), Lumen Award of Merit (New York Illuminating Engineer Society 2002), Project of the Year Award – Mixed Use Project Category (New York Construction News Best of 2001), Finalist – Tourism Resorts (MIPIM Awards 2002), Golden Trowel Award (International Masonry Institute New England Region 2002), BAC Craft Award (Bricklayers/Masonry Union 2002), Honor Award (National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association 2001)

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Project Type:Hospitality
Project Location:Americas