As I’ve made clear in my previous posts, I don’t care for the typical American mall experience…a tired, unsustainable, and generally unpleasant formula repeated hundreds of times across the landscape. However, I am not immune to the wooing of upscale malls, set in urban settings, and designed with fantasy and sensory overload in mind.
One example of such a place: the newest luxury mall in Las Vegas, built as part of a multi-use development of residences, offices, retail, and hotels…containing a well-edited list of the covetable and obscure. This place is called Crystals.
The clean, museum-like floors, coupled with the whimsy and bold strokes of color, glass, and metal make the indoor shopping area feel more like a museum. If you’re going to drop thousands of dollars on an outfit for the casino, you might as well be walking among some great visual fantasy.
Photos from Flickr: 180360, Brendan O’Connor, and wwcooper.