Leaning Towers

Move over, Pisa, there’s now something … lean-i-er.

Veer Towers opens this week. They are those two shimmery glass residential towers you’ve no doubt noticed, leaning in opposite directions, five degrees from the center. It’s the next-to-last property of MGM Mirage’s CityCenter to open (the Harmon is still to come) and two of the most distinguished buildings in the Las Vegas skyline.

The design of the tilting, 37-story towers comes from architect Helmut Jahn. The German-born Chicago architect says he opted for the angling of the buildings to avoid any kind of view obstruction. Jahn was also the force behind Chicago’s Xerox Center, Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Sony Center in Berlin and much more.

Some fast facts about Veer Towers:

• They’re the only solely residential properties at CityCenter.

• Condos are available! According to Dennis Smith at Home Builders Research, 25 units sold in May. There are still 270 units not spoken for.

• Amenities include infinity-edge rooftop pools, hot tubs, sun decks, a steam room, business center, fitness center, media room and more.

• The 670 loft-like studios, one-, two-, three-bedroom apartments and penthouses range in size from 500 to 3,300 square feet. Prices start at $348,000 and top out at more than $4 million.

• An LED system is programmed into the four corners of each tower to radiate a subtle glow. This was done by French lighting designer Yann Kersalé to pay homage to Las Vegas’ historic relationship with neon.

• Mud drawings by sculptor Richard Long line the lobby walls of both towers. Two large-scale works, called “Circle of Chance” and “Earth,” are made from mud that was shipped to Las Vegas from the River Avon in Long’s native Bristol, England. While the rest of the amenities are closed to non-residents, the public can check out the dirty art.

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