Red Rock Casino in Summerlin, Nevada
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is a 70-acre, Station Casinos resort, that opened in 2006 at a cost of $925 million. Fourteen acres are devoted to the landscape environment, and it was awarded the 2007 American Gaming Association (AGA) Award for Best Exterior Landscape Design. Because of its location within Summerlin, NV, a thriving, upscale community in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, the design scheme of the resort had to complement the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, the desire to feature drought-tolerant plant material was of paramount importance to Summerlin residents and to Station Casinos. The landscape environment, consisting of nearly 20% of the property, was meant to accentuate the contemporary nature of the resort's stunning architecture, designed by The Friedmutter Group, and is a compendium of colorful desert varieties, luscious succulents, cacti and other exotics such as black cane bamboo, agaves, and blue fan palms.
Along the property's perimeter, a stone faA?ade wall adjacent to the 1,600-bay parking lot blends in with the community's hardscape and softscape preferred plant palette. Lifescapes International chose creative combinations of Acacias, green barked Palo Verdes, Chilean Mesquites, canopying Chinese Elms, Ocotillo, Agave, Yucca, and Mexican Blue Palms, which are all water conserving materials, many of which provide much desired shade for self-parking guests. Annual color, changed seasonally, also occupies the median and edges of the pathways leading into the resort.
The property has a dynamic main entry drive, defined by a promenade of 53 majestic, fully grown Medjool Date Palms and Palo Verde trees. A stacked red rock stone sign with the name of the resort, tastefully scripted and illuminated, welcomes each and every visitor. The soft-toned, textured, enhanced walkways that lead guests into the hotel are standard throughout the property, and are paved with hand-seeded aggregate in a "mesa bluff" color to complement the earth-tone hues and textures of the contemporary building.
With the layering of over 100 varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers, each area of the resort provides diversity of line, structure, shape, form and fragrance. "I combined substance, style and sensuality when I created the planting design for Red Rock," explains Roger Voettiner, executive senior principal and vice president of design and horticulture at Lifescapes International. "Red Rock's landscape environment reflects a delicate balance of the limited palette of plant materials that can thrive in Las Vegas, juxtaposed in an unconventional manner."
As seen in LASN magazine, August 2020.