By combining the natural desert character with a contemporary landscape language, the design for Downtown Summerlin strives for innovation while avoiding hopelessly mundane desert clichés. The design draws upon the desert as a visual source for form, materials, colors, and textures. By distilling the surrounding Red Rock Canyon into its simplest attributes—desert floor, canyon wall, and open sky—a landscape framework was created for the project’s horizontal, vertical, and overhead surfaces. Downtown Summerlin succeeds by providing a landscape that reflects its natural surroundings while remaining autonomous from them.
Desert Modern outside Sin City