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RDLD brings a wealth of resort, hospitality and gaming design experience and expertise to a project team. Our projects run the gamut from highly thematic to the more traditional, and can be seen on some of the most successful and impressive establishments worldwide. The creative opportunities afforded on these projects are challenging. We understand that guests expect more than just good food and fluffy pillows; we know it is the quality atmosphere that helps make anyone a loyal guest. Whether your location is exotic or rustic, great lighting can help create the right ambiance for those looking to do business or get away from it all.
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The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
One of the showpieces of the Las Vegas Strip, RDLD has designed lighting for a variety of projects for this spectacular property, including the Casino, Lion Entry, Gateway of Entertainment, The Mansion at MGM Grand, The Pools and Spa, the Café and Noodle Shop, the VIP Lounge and 29th Floor Lobby and Suites. Here, a choreographed water and light ballet surrounds MGM’s lion icon, showcasing the company’s origins and beckoning all who view it to come inside.
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The Palace of the Lost City
Fashioned after a centuries-old palace and kingdom, Ross De Alessi designed all exterior and hardscape lighting for this spectacular 352-room resort property located in the midst of an arid South African valley. Surpassing the owner’s goal, The Palace renders through light a sense of hospitality and graciousness. Due to airline scheduling, many guests arrive in the middle of the night. Therefore, one objective was to design lighting that made the resort appear as though someone always was waiting up to greet and welcome new and returning guests.
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The Palace of the Lost City
Sun City, South Africa
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Atlantis Phase I: Paradise Island
Nassau, Bahamas
Photo: Derek Roth
Atlantis Phase I: Paradise Island
RDLD designed lighting for the 14-acres of landscaping, and exterior and out-buildings for Phase I of this resort’s major remodeling, including the world’s largest aquarium, with everything from walk-through fiber-optically lit displays to the “Predator Lagoon.”
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Canlis
This Seattle culinary institution is legendary for its food, but it was ready for a lighting facelift. RDLD was commissioned to design a new lighting system that would showcase the restaurant, and highlight the legendary cuisine.
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Canlis
Seattle, Washington, USA
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Le Touessrok
Mauritius, Indian Ocean
Le Touessrok
Located beneath the Tropic of Capricorn, RDLD designed lighting for all public spaces, and exterior and landscape lighting for this exotic Indian Ocean resort. It was especially important that the after-dark lighting be full and rich, as most flights to this remote property land in the middle of the night, and the owner wanted to ensure that guests’ first views of the resort were impressive. In the daytime, however, the fixtures for this dramatic lighting are unobtrusive, blending invisibly with the architecture and landscaping.
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New York-New York Hotel & Casino
They say you can find everything in Las Vegas—even New York City. New York-New York Hotel and Casino is one of the most striking—and most recognizable—facades in a city known for remarkable exteriors. RDLD designed dramatic lighting for the Statue of Liberty, Chrysler Tower, Grand Central Station, the Century Building, Ellis Island, working fireboats, and many others, all at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard South and Tropicana.
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New York-New York Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Neveada, USA
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The Flamingo Hilton Riverboat & Casino
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
The Flamingo Hilton Riverboat & Casino
This exciting casino actually is a stationary riverboat located in Kansas City, Missouri. RDLD designed highly animated and colorful lighting and effects that rotate during the riverboat’s “excursions.” Since the boat can’t really set sail, the challenge involved creating enough visual interest at the mezzanine’s embarkation point to keep patrons’ interest while they are waiting to enter for their “cruise,” and then draw them into the exciting gaming areas.
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Palisade
Owned by Restaurants Unlimited, Palisade is located in Seattle’s exclusive Magnolia neighborhood. The centerpiece of a marina complex, it commands a spectacular view of Elliott Bay, downtown Seattle and (on a clear day) Mount Rainier. The challenging lighting charge successfully met by Ross De Alessi was to design an introspective and visually interesting lighting system that was invisible to the diners’ eyes and didn’t detract from the view.
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Palisade
Seattle, Washington, USA
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Caesars Emperor's Tower
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Photo: Peter Malinowski
Caesars Emperor's Tower
Occupying a very prominent location on the fabled Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is viewed not just from the street, but the freeway and beyond, and even from private and commercial airplanes arriving at McCarran International Airport. The owner’s lighting design directive was to create the lush, opulent look hotel and casino guests expected, but also keep the cost within a very firm budget.
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Hyatt Regency
As one of the anchor properties in Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall, it was critical that this hotel look its best. Through Ross De Alessi’s lighting design, this property got a new, vibrant look through light and color. Here in the ballroom’s prefunction area, the ground stainless fins required highlighting to render their unusual texture, while colorful coves offer visual excitement.
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Hyatt Regency
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Photo: Robin Potampa-Ziv
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Royal Mirage Arabian Court
Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Photo: Douglas A. Salin
Royal Mirage Arabian Court
Designers were assembled from four different continents for this showpiece resort located on prime beachfront property. RDLD met the lighting design challenges of creating a calm, yet cheery, low contrast lighting environment for international guests typically arriving in the middle of the night, and enhancing certain external facades while providing an intimate vista for the guestroom areas, affording unobstructed ocean and garden views.
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