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25 October 2012 No Comment

Las Vegas is certainly not known for doing things by halves. Whether it’s the flashy cars, high rolling casinos or the bustling nightlife, there’s a tale to tell on every street, and it can rival even New York when it comes to all things big. And the buildings are no exception.

For those interested in architecture, a stroll past Veer Towers is worth taking if you’re visiting Las Vegas.

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Artfully inclined at opposing five degree angles!

Completed in 2010 by German-American architect Helmut Jahn, the man responsible for the Sony Center and One Liberty Place, Veer comprises of around 335 luxury condo residences each in two 37-storey high glass towers.

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Artfully inclined at opposing five degree angles (a sharper incline than the Leaning Tower of Pisa) to make the buildings appear like they’re leaning over, Veer dominates the Las Vegas skyline and it’s not surprising that the apartments are highly coveted. As the only residential building on the strip, it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s easy to see why it seems like an amazing choice to so many.

Distinct and unique character to the design

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Jahn strived for a design solution that was both simple and dynamic. The towers’ cores and lobbies are planned into the retail base while the residential apartments float above it. The use of natural air and light is maximized throughout the buildings, meaning that it has fairly admirable green credentials.

Additionally, around half of the glass on all of the facades are colour frit coated vision glass, which further contribute to the energy efficiency whilst adding a distinct and unique character to the design.

Light reflection creates a shimmering golden movement

Though a memorable and buzzing location, the background of Las Vegas presented a new challenge for it’s creators. It’s not the number- one choice location for an architect who wants to be taken seriously, because- lets face it- Sin City is not a very serious town. But it was pounced upon by Jahn as a great opportunity to introduce a piece of truly urban fabric to a city of novelty.

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The building uses external fins on the windows and glass that reflects the light. This creates a shimmering golden movement evoking the hot sands surrounding the city. The two buildings are interact with each other, their five degrees of separation speak of a uniqueness not just compared to other structures in Las Vegas, but to buildings nationwide.

A highly desirable residence by all accounts… but would you live here?

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By all accounts, living in Veer Towers is a fairly luxurious experience too. With a concierge service, valet parking, communal conference facilities and a rooftop pool offering fabulous views, it’s not difficult to understand why Veer is such a desirable residence. And in Las Vegas, would you expect anything less?

Author: Caroline Gough    Date Written: 23 October 2012

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