The Opening of the Veer Residences, CityCenter Las Vegas
Last week, on July 14th, the Veer Towers, an integral part of CityCenter, Las Vegas, opened for business. It is one of the most, architecturally avant garde buildings within an exceptional array of edgy, urban structures, Veer Towers is designed by Helmut Jahn and is the only full residential development at City Center. The Towers incline toward each other at 5 degree angles from the center, and are 37 feet high, home to 335 contemporary condo residences, ranging from 500 to 3300 square feet, from studios to 3 bedroom residences and penthouses. Pricing begins from the mid $300,000s to a few million, depending on size, location and interiors. Turnkey interior packages are available, where potential members can move in with only their toothbrush, if desired. At present, in honor of the Veer opening, at some of the Veer towers studios owners can receive a complimentary turnkey interior design/living package, worth up to $20,000 -- an interesting deal, and might include a toothbrush.
I have written about City Center on Luxist before in an article entitled: City Center: The New Urban Vision, but had never been to Veer Towers, as they had not been completed. Now, walking into the residential towers from other areas of CityCenter, I was reminded how much of a city within a city CityCenter really is. Everything is within close proximity. From seeing a studio with exceptional views of the a portion of the Las Vegas skyline, plus multileveled rooftops of Crystals,the 500,000 square floor retail/shopping area, to a residence on a higher floor, ( see image above), the Veer residences offer a sense of sanctuary and peace, all within a city NOT known for such things. Looking out a Veers Towers window at this city of constant. colorful movement can be a peace-inducing experience.
"Living at Veer Towers is a fascinating juxtaposition for contemporary living," said Tony Dennis, Executive Vice President of City Center, Residential Division. " It juxtaposes and ultimately balances the evolving urban mosaic of CityCenter with a deeper variety of artful life immersion, where owners can see great art and great architecture almost everywhere they turn, both inside Veer and outside. Finally, you can see the present and the future combined here: what Las Vegas is known for now – and what Las Vegas will been known for in the future."
The residences feel as if they have been built for a population who want the needed amenities in this kind of living – a rooftop pool (see below), hot tub, fitness center, a rec room, private boardroom and business center, bike storage, residential valet and concierge, and 24 hour security, but also, have an eco-sensitivity woven into their texture of lifestyle interests. Veer is the complex that has won a the 6th gold LEED certification for CityCenter, from the US Green Building council, and that has come to matter to many who buy here.
Yet, Veer is also a child of CityCenter –as Veer's artwork is part of CityCenter's fine art collection. It displays two dramatic, hand wrought mud-wall drawings by Richard Long, 8 feet high by 50 feet wide, in the lobby of the west and east tower walls. Veer Towers also rises from Crystals,City Center's 500,000 square foot retail/shopping/entertainment space, where pieces of art by Claes Oldenberg Jenny Holzer, Henry Moore, Maya Lin, Nancy Rubin, to name just a very few, are almost everywhere. Outwardly, as in the rendering above, the same sense of artistic dynamic abides, with the inward inclining Veer Towers almost at its most visual midpoint.
Note: During the press trip where I experienced the new Veer Towers, I stayed at the Aria, a hotel at City Center, near The Veer Towers. The opinions here are mine only, as are my impressions of the Veer Towers.