Conceived as a composition of jewel-like boxes, MGM Grand in Cotai, designed to echo the MGM Grand in Macau, uses Chinese decorative motifs and a combination of materials and palettes to distinguish its uses and form and bring an original and exciting complex to the region.
Its location, on an elongated site, informed the structure of the building, generating an overlapping of forms to create a gentle curvature. This sinuous form of the building, flowing from the north- and south-east creates a natural confluence towards the main entrance/drop off, drawing people from the north, east and south.
The whole complex comprises of nine ‘boxes’ rising up, accommodating VIP suites, gaming rooms and a spa accessed from the main entrance, and a two-story podium housing pavilions, villas, gardens and services areas. Views through the building and between the ‘boxes’, break down the generous volumes but also serve to endow a sense of grandeur to the site to the site and enhance visitor experience.
A generous arc defines the drop off area, with two portico-like structures, for the main and VIP entrance, denoting the lobbies which serve two lift cores that unite the boxes as two towers. Beyond the lobbies a generous atrium forms the spatial heart of the building while to the south elaborate spaces welcome the VIP and separate entrances to the north and south provide additional podium access.