Gary Goddard, president of Hollywood-based Gary Goddard Entertainment + Design, has designed Studio City, a new $3.2 billion casino and resort in Macau.
GGE is an international leader in the design of major integrated resorts and destination theme parks worldwide.
The Studio City opening was a star-studded event attended by Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese, and Mariah Carey.
GGE is responsible for Studio City’s conceptual design, master planning, architectural design, and exterior design.
This is the second multi-billion dollar project designed by GGE in Macau - the first being the award winning Galaxy Macau Resort, which opened to the public in 2011.
Located in the Cotai Strip, Macau’s version of the Vegas Strip, Studio City is a unique, Hollywood-inspired 600,000-square-meter casino and resort that will offer visitors the next generation of leisure destination experiences.
Leigh and Orange are the architects of record.
The 35-story resort and casino, a monument to Hollywood’s myth making on the silver screen, has been built with recyclable materials.
The façade of the hotel towers is a silver-reflective curtain wall.
Flanking the entrance are two statues, The Silver Titans, which represent male energy.
Lining the north and south rooflines are two more statues, The Guardians of Light, which represent female energy.
These powerful figures bring balance and order to Studio City from the border to the heart of the development.
The exterior cladding of the statues and fenestration of the building is stainless steel designed to achieve a larger than life, cinematic appearance.
The major design feature is the “Golden Reel,” the world’s first figure eight ferris wheel that stands at a height of 130 meters, nestled between Studio City’s twin hotel towers.
The wheel provides constant movement and colour to the entire structure.
In China, the number eight is an auspicious symbol, signalling good fortune, good health and prosperity.
Engineered by Vekoma Ride Company and project managed by Studio City Entertainment, the Golden Reel is also the world’s first Ferris wheel designed into a building façade.
GGE also created the conceptual design for the entire retail promenade, the tree house attraction, the COSMOS fast food dining area, as well as the pool deck and lazy river recreation areas.
The design concept for the retail portions is inspired by New York City, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, which are instantly recognizable to the Chinese.
“Lawrence and I share a vision when it comes to Hollywood and the world of motion pictures, which has resulted in one of the most architecturally stunning integrated resorts we have ever created.
“The design for Studio City will also act as a magnet for visitors staying in Hong Kong and in cities throughout China who might not otherwise have planned a visit to Macau,” said Goddard.