Water features make a splash at CityCenter

WET, the design firm that created the fountains at Bellagio and the Mirage Volcano, now has another prescence in Vegas with the opening of CityCenter.

The company has created five water features for the proptery, all designed to complement the development’s sophistication.

The Focus water feature at Aria.

The Focus water feature at Aria.

Visitors who pull up to Aria’s porte-cochère will immediately notice Lumia, a fountain featuring large arcs and twisting ribbons of water. As its name suggests, light plays a big part in the fountain -it’s the first to be lit in bright, vibrant colors during broad daylight. In keeping with the resort’s commitment to being green, all of the water is recycled and the fountain even has a computerized system that can detect windy days and help control splashing if the breeze gets too strong.

Also located outside the entrance to Aria is Focus, a curved water wall that measures 250 feet long by 24 feet high – WET’s largest water wall to date. The wall is made of gray slate tiles from India that are shaped in a diamond cut. The fountain was designed to complement the organic feel of Aria and to provide a calming influence on guests.

The fountain is completely programmable and the engineers can control the speed and direction that the water runs. The water falls into a pool at the bottom that is only an eighth of an inch deep.

When entering Aria from the casino side, guests will notice Latisse, a series of two-story-high water walls composed of thick, textured glass. The feature has the effect of giving you an idea of what it would feel like to walk underneath a waterfall.

WET also has two designs inside the Crystals shopping center at CityCenter. Halo is a collection of clear tubes placed at different angles that feature spinning vortices of water. There are 20 above-ground tubes and 30 windows underfoot that allow people to watch the water underneath. The lighting on the feature
changes colors and it was designed to allow people to be able to walk through and get an up-close view of the water.

The Glacia feature at Crystals

The Glacia feature at Crystals

Glacia, also located in Crystals, is a feature that includes 13 columns of ice emerging from a pool of water. As each column rises from the control room below, it is carved into a different pattern, which means the feature will never look the same twice. The highest column rises 15 feet and the columns can be one to
two feet in diameter.

A chilled rod inside the column keeps the ice frozen for long periods of time and once they are melted, a new column is frozen, which can take up to 13 hours. WET can control how clear the ice is depending on how much air is blown into it, resulting in ice that is sometimes crystal clear and sometimes crackled or a frosty white. Accompanying the surreal ice feature is a surreal soundtrack of music created my Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

*Photos by Aleza Freeman


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