USA. Revel Entertainment names Arquitectonica design architect for Atlantic City resort development

Thursday, 03 May 2007


Speaking at this week’s 11th Annual East Coast Gaming Congress, Kevin DeSanctis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Revel Entertainment Group, announced that Arquitectonica has been named the design architect, BLT Architects has been named Executive Architect and Architect of Record and SOSH Architects has been named Associate Architect for the Company’s Atlantic City resort development project. Revel is developing a beachfront casino entertainment resort on twenty acres of land along the Atlantic City boardwalk.

As Revel Entertainment’s design architect, Arquitectonica will be responsible for the primary design conceptualization of the facility. Arquitectonica will define the shape and positioning of the buildings and develop the architectural identity that will distinguish the Revel facility in Atlantic City. The interiors, also by Arquitectonica, are a natural progression of the dynamic architecture. Some of the firm's current work includes The Four Seasons Resort in Dubai, City of Dreams in Macau, The Gate at Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi, Canyon Ranch Resort in Miami and Orchard Scotts in Singapore. In addition to these signature facilities, Arquitectonica has designed high-profile hotels and resorts, sports and entertainment facilities, convention centers, performing arts centers, large public assembly buildings such as arenas and airport concourses, office towers, corporate headquarters, retail centers, institutional and government buildings and private residences. With a staff of more than 400 professionals and offices in Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima, Hong Kong, Manila and Shanghai, Arquitectonica’s work and reputation span several continents.

As Executive Architect, BLT Architects will be responsible for overseeing all contributing architecture, engineering and interior design services. BLT is also serving as Architect of Record for Revel’s resort development project. BLT has contributed to the design and implementation of several successful multi-billion dollar destination casino resorts including the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City and its subsequent Water Club expansion,

Harrah’s Atlantic City with its 282,000 square foot casino/hotel expansion and Echelon Place, a major destination resort being designed for Las Vegas. In addition to its extensive casino and destination resort experience, BLT has hospitality design experience with projects ranging from boutique hotels to full-service business and convention hotels such as the Philadelphia Marriott Convention Center Hotel and several high-visibility retail projects including DC USA, a 900,000 square foot retail complex currently under construction in Washington, DC.

Kevin DeSanctis commented, “The Revel site is unique given its size and proximity to the beach and we are committed to creating a distinctive resort featuring state-of-the-art design, luxury amenities and the exclusivity and privacy that we can achieve given our green-field opportunity and the property’s footprint. With the primary design by Arquitectonica, we have assembled an elite team of firms, each with a robust history of innovation and capabilities in managing many large-scale, landmark entertainment and casino projects as well as significant Atlantic City market experience. As Executive Architect, BLT will collaborate with this team to ensure that we provide customers with the highest quality product possible from the earliest stages of concept through the final phases of implementation. With the addition of these world class firms, we look forward to working with local authorities to position Revel to create a marquee facility that will be instrumental in ushering Atlantic City into a new era.”

Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, principal of Arquitectonica, added, “Revel’s footprint along the boardwalk provides Arquitectonica with an expansive canvas from which to design a structure that will be instrumental in defining Atlantic City’s skyline for many years to come. We look forward to working with Revel’s management, our collaborating design partners and local authorities to create a landmark destination casino and resort facility that captures the full potential of this unique, oceanfront property.”

The Associate Architect to BLT, SOSH Architects, is an architecture firm with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality, restaurant, gaming, retail and entertainment industries throughout North America and Europe. Based in Atlantic City and New York, SOSH has extensive experience in the Atlantic City market, having contributed to the design and implementation of Bally’s Park Place, Borgata Hotel & Casino, Caesars Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Atlantic City, Hilton Hotel & Casino, Resorts Atlantic City, Sands Hotel & Casino, Showboat Hotel & Casino, Tropicana Casino Resort, Trump Marina, Trump Plaza Casino Hotel and the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Hotel.

Revel has also enlisted select additional world-class design firms to aid in the conceptualization and implementation of it’s casino resort. Scéno Plus will collaborate with SOSH in designing core interior spaces including certain signature entertainment elements. Scéno Plus is an innovative theater design firm with over 20 years of experience including the Bellagio Theater, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Treasure Island Theater, Cirque du Soleil Theater at Disney and the Wynn Las Vegas Casino Theater. Since its inception, Scéno Plus has completed entertainment projects of large scope, many incorporating one-of-a-kind technological features. From small creative studios to multidisciplinary spaces, circus theaters, concert halls, large-capacity theaters, cinemas, convention centres, event centers and multi-purpose halls, the company has consolidated its expertise and has been acknowledged for their innovation. Having been awarded numerous coveted awards such as the Outstanding Private Building Award for The Colosseum, the Award of Technical Merit, The Las Vegas Showroom of the Year and the Eddy Entertainment Design Awards for the Bellagio Theater, Scéno Plus has set high standards for quality and performance and made itself a name for innovation by developing unique concepts for flexible performance halls and technically advanced components.

AntiGravity has also been chosen to collaborate with SOSH and Scéno Plus on the design of the entertainment space and other entertainment concepts in the resort. AntiGravity is New York City's premiere theatrical sports entertainment brand renown for its edgy and innovative concepts. In its 16-year history, AntiGravity has created over 500 events, ranging from theatrical presentations, sports entertainment events and international ad campaigns. Pioneers in their field, AntiGravity’s work has been featured at the Metropolitan Opera House, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games, the Grammy Awards and Fashion Week in Milan. AntiGravity has been commissioned to perform by some of the world's greatest history makers and trend setters including: Richard Branson, George Lucas, Bill Gates, Steven Forbes, Hal Prince, George Soros, P. Diddy, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Paul Newman, Marc Jacobs, Giorgio Armani, Heidi Klum, Daddy Yankee and Franco Zeffirelli. Team AntiGravity's eclectic talent roster consists of national and international champion athletes (including Olympic & X Games athletes), urban dancers and underground specialty artists. AntiGravity's unique philosophy of entertainment is integrated in its theatrical, commercial and fitness concepts.

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