Building Battles in Las Vegas? Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas vs. Aria
Above is a view of the Mandarin Oriental Las Veges Hotel from Aria's main lobby entrance. Feng Shui 101 teaches clients ans students alike, any sharp or cutting edge, whether that be a corner in a room, on a piece of furniture or building, relates to "Sha" energy. This energy is associated with aggressive chi according to the Feng Shui principles.
Please note, this post is not about criticizing another consultants design or method of implementation, it's simply an interesting observation that opens up a great opportunity for learning and discussion.
I did some research on the history of the 392-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel to find out it is one of the rare, non-casino luxury hotels that provide an almost residence-like respite within steps of all that makes Las Vegas. Located midway along the Strip at CityCenter—an address it shares with the megaresort Aria and the Shops at Crystals—it is Asian-influenced in its decor, its service, and its Zen-like serenity. Information provided by afar.com.
When I approached the entrance to the Mandarin, it was very still and almost uninviting, unless you knew you were supported to be there. That was the atmosphere for me personally, that I felt. Crossing the street to view the hotel from the Aria side and comparing that with the research I conducted, I began to put a theory together.
Was the intention through observation and from research; could the owners have wanted to keep away the "party people" and possibly tourists from disturbing their guests?
Looking to the image above, you can see another view point of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel facing Aria. Both hotels are Asian influenced, opened around the same month and year in 2009 and are Gold LEED certified.
Here is a photo of the Aria front entrance. Interestingly, they have placed two Kirin (mystical creatures) that protect the front of the building. Even the design of the front entrance offers a circular motion and a fountain in the front. All basic foundation of help off-set sharp angles when implementing Feng Shui. And they too were not shy with demonstrating points and angles directed back toward the Mandarin Hotel (you can see in the very first photo).
So again, there is no judgment here, just observations with Feng Shui eyes. What is your take on these building's presentations to one another? Do you think the designs were intentional? or not?