The wait is over! Ikea has finally arrived!
The wait is over! Ikea has finally arrived!
The Nevada Preservation Foundation invites you inside a dozen of Las Vegas’ mid-century homes. The tour meets up at the Smith Center for a talk from Pam Kueber of Retro Renovation, then go on your own self-guided way.
Wouldn’t it be nice of the federal government to just give someone an $800,000 prize to come up with a cutting-edge redevelopment idea for Cashman Field? Or for the medical district around University Medical Center and Valley Hospital?
On February 26, 2009, an unoccupied, circa-1960 house at Las Vegas’ McNeil Estates exploded and caught fire. The force of the explosion blew concrete blocks from the front wall onto the street. Neighbors said that the rooftop air-conditioning unit was found on the next block. Fire investigators suspected arson.
Tyler Jones isn’t sure exactly when his newest model home became a Las Vegas visitor attraction. But on a recent weekday morning, groups of cargo-panted, flip-flopped tourists were oohing and ahhing their way through the builder’s sexy, sophisticated four-level home, admiring the zero-edge pools and the state-of-the-art kitchen, and imagining the parties that could be hosted in the huge, open-air basement bar.
“Prudential—they can afford it; Terrible Herbst—they can afford it; Nevada Cancer Institute—they can afford it…” Jared Fisher is making a clockwise sweep of his new neighbors at Town Center Drive and Interstate 215. His point: It would have been a lot easier for any of these large corporations to build a LEED Platinum-certified, net-zero energy building than it was for Escape Adventures/Las Vegas Cyclery, the company Fisher and his wife founded in Las Vegas 20 years ago. But none of those big shots did it; the Fishers did.
By Las Vegas standards, 1,053 square feet isn’t a very large dwelling. Homes here have bathrooms bigger than that. Yet walking into Joey Avino’s condo in the Martin, a recently renovated high-rise on Dean Martin Drive overlooking CityCenter, guests are awestruck by how he managed to accomplish so many things in such compact quarters. It’s a lesson in the economy of space—certainly for Avino, who passed on a higher-priced unit on a upper floor for a smaller unit and poured the funds he saved into an extensive remodel.
This time of the year is usually marked by the seasonal shades of red and green, but according to Pantone, the leading authority on color, the hue we should all pay attention to is orange. Announced Dec. 8, Tangerine Tango has been heralded as the 2012 Color of the Year. Locally, the Las Vegas Design Center combines its annual Design Professionals Holiday Gala with its first Color of the Year celebration in conjunction with Pantone on Dec. 19.
Luke Heffron, a marketing manager of the photo-printing website Shutterfly, describes the problem of design this way: Everyone is attracted to bright, shiny objects. But the world is filled with bright shiny objects—so many are in competition that all but the very brightest cancel each other out. To matter, design needs to be more carefully considered; we need to think not only about the sheen of a thing, but its place in the greater whole of the culture.
With Hoover Dam, its accompanying artwork and the original Las Vegas High School, Southern Nevada boasts prominent examples of large-scale art deco sculpture and architecture. But for those who yearn for art deco on a smaller scale, A Celebration of Erté, showing through December at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, focuses on the work of one of the period’s great artistic masters.
Just off the Strip on Convention Center Drive, with an unassuming façade and marquee, the Royal Resort looks like an average budget hotel. But once visitors step into the Royal House—the name given to the recently renovated lobby—any anxiety about being trapped in a scene from Vegas Vacation disappears. The inviting ground-floor space, polished up with locals in mind, has been transformed into a hangout for those weary of megaresorts.
Downtown is gradually coming back to life, but it still lacks the quality retailers we take for granted in the ’burbs. And since a livable place means a shoppable place, it’s a problem the area will have to address if it wants to lure residents from the Valley’s margins. Ryan Allord, a graduate student in the UNLV School of Architecture, has been thinking about how to solve that, and his exhibit at Emergency Arts showcases what he’s come up with—a novel concept that just might be a catalyst for urban retail development.
As Southern transplants, my wife and I are accustomed to spending as much time outside as possible. Once we put down roots in Las Vegas, we quickly realized that even though there are some extreme conditions at both ends of the thermometer, every season offers a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors—the only thing that changes is the time of day.