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Old October 22nd, 2007, 01:23 AM   #141
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Fountainebleau Miami vs Fountainebleau Las Vegas

I don't like to express negative opinions and I am no expert critic on architecture, but I just have to say this: The original Fountainebleau Resort Hotel in Miami, designed by the world famous architect Morris Lapidus, was nicer than this new one going up in Las Vegas.

The new one is Las Vegas is fine ... and I understand bigger and more up-to-date than the Miami hotel which was built in the 1950's. The sweeping curvature of the original, the "champagne bubble windows" under each arched segment, the soaring terraced tower on the north side ... made the Morris Lapidus hotel more elegant and glamorous than this one.

In this one instance, Miami Beach beats out Las Vegas. Sorry, just my opinion.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 01:11 AM   #142
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Starting to get some height. Shot this from clear across the Echelon site, down by Desert Inn Road and Industrial.
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Old November 12th, 2007, 05:51 AM   #143
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A few more pictures from Turnberry

The following pictures show the progress on the convention center/parking garage and main tower. I think the PG/CC must be getting close to its top. Before long I won't be able to see Circus Circus any more. What a shame.





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Old November 12th, 2007, 06:52 AM   #144
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Great shots! I hadn't seen all those elevator cores on the south edge of the site before.

Yeah, I think that's as high as the PG/CC is going. And with the way the main tower is angled you're still gonna have a great view from where you are, even without a view of the fabulous CircusCircus. LOL. Also hadn't noticed before that the west wing of the main tower is angled almost the same direction as Sky. That should look nice when done.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 04:28 AM   #145
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That is a great angle.

Those cores are more massive than they look, especially at ground level. I went by Riveria Blvd. today to check them out. Each one of those could just as easily be for some 40 story tower and not just for a podium. As I'll say again, this hotel is a beast.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 06:35 AM   #146
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WOW they are working so fast..
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Old November 15th, 2007, 10:46 PM   #147
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VTAT morning shot.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 01:37 AM   #148
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Dang, are those even more elevator cores along Las Vegas Boulevard? I've never seen so many cores.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 03:30 AM   #149
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Great design, all glass, it looks very good.
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Old November 16th, 2007, 05:04 AM   #150
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this is already looking great its going up faster then Echolan
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Old November 18th, 2007, 06:02 AM   #151
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This is a temporary structure on the back of the Fontainebleau lot that is filled with bright orange lights. I was wondering if anyone knows what its purpose is?

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Old December 10th, 2007, 04:00 AM   #152
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Don't know what it is.

North side.


South side.


Convention center.


There are a total of eight of these massive cores surrounding the casino area.
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Old December 10th, 2007, 08:40 PM   #153
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There was a construction accident at the Fontainebleau today.
A wall collapsed injuring 4 workers, but luckily none killed this time.
http://klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7475356
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Old December 10th, 2007, 10:35 PM   #154
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WoW, when I was there on march there was nothing!!!
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Old December 11th, 2007, 03:28 AM   #155
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There was a construction accident at the Fontainebleau today.
A wall collapsed injuring 4 workers, but luckily none killed this time.
http://klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=7475356
Again??

They are unlucky to keep having these yet lucky in that no one has died yet.

Great shots. So many cores...

Hope the glass starts soon.
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Old December 11th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #156
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Las Vegas look unbelievable. The sheer scale and amount of highrises - is simply cannot be comprehended. I am constantly wondering - how many people do you need to fill all these hotels and how many people go gamble over there. I seems you should have a huge amount of tourists to support all that.
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I don't like to express negative opinions and I am no expert critic on architecture, but I just have to say this: The original Fountainebleau Resort Hotel in Miami, designed by the world famous architect Morris Lapidus, was nicer than this new one going up in Las Vegas.

The new one is Las Vegas is fine ... and I understand bigger and more up-to-date than the Miami hotel which was built in the 1950's. The sweeping curvature of the original, the "champagne bubble windows" under each arched segment, the soaring terraced tower on the north side ... made the Morris Lapidus hotel more elegant and glamorous than this one.

In this one instance, Miami Beach beats out Las Vegas. Sorry, just my opinion.
I agree as well. We'll see the results when they open

Sometime ago I made a thread of the new Fontainebleau in Miami Beach:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=309195
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Old December 11th, 2007, 07:31 PM   #158
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JohnFlint1985, every time there's a building boom people say it's over built, but all the new hotels and expansions from the last boom are jammed packed. So they keep building more.
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Las Vegas look unbelievable. The sheer scale and amount of highrises - is simply cannot be comprehended. I am constantly wondering - how many people do you need to fill all these hotels and how many people go gamble over there. I seems you should have a huge amount of tourists to support all that.
39 million people visited las vegas in 2006 and that is sure to rise to close to 40 million this year, compare that to 1988 before any of the mega hotels were built when less than 17 million people visited the city

Hotel room occupancy rate was at 90% for 2006 and there will be 171,000 hotel rooms by 2010 http://www.usatoday.com/travel/news/...m-record_x.htm
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JohnFlint1985, every time there's a building boom people say it's over built, but all the new hotels and expansions from the last boom are jammed packed. So they keep building more.
thats for sure, back in 1989 las vegas was overbuilt according to some experts in the know http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...gewanted=print

when the last frontier was built in 1942 nobody thought the strip could support two casino hotels
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