Las Vegas, Nevada
Everyone performs at Symphony Park. In the largest sense, the park is designed
to be a stage for the events of daily life. Residents, workers and visitors script
their own experience in the park and observe the choreography of others. The
Symphony Park arrangement orchestrates multiple connections and linkages
between disparate uses, functions and audiences to create memorable and lasting
places. Design Workshop was shortlisted in a Design Competition for Symphony
Park at Union Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Crescendo is the signature iconic gesture in Symphony Park. With a promenade
of tilting, upright spires it evokes a conductor’s baton in motion. The Crescendo
links one end of the park to the other with a chorus of activities and spaces along the
way. Reminiscent of sandstone walls in nearby canyons painted over the years by
the natural forces of water, Desert Varnish Wall connects Symphony Park to time
and its natural context. Symphony Park itself is a desert garden. The viewing gardens
are composed of native grasses and wildflowers that have a soft character and add
color to the planting composition. Symphony Park trees hover over plaza areas and
gathering spaces to provide shade, spatial definition, and color.
Symphony Park is the result of the integration of multiple elements, programs and
audiences into a landscape composition organized by the four DW Legacy Design®
circles - Art, Community, Economics, and Environment. It will be the premier
public open space of downtown Las Vegas.
Seep wall in the evening
Mid-day view from the site of the future
Charlie Palmer hotel
Symphony Park at night
After participating in, and winning, a Design Competition for Symphony Park, Design
Workshop was hired to work with the client to refi ne the winning design and provide a
detailed opinion of probable cost to aid in the fund-raising process.
The improvement process kicked off with a design charrette in Las Vegas where Design
Workshop met with the selection committee and client and gathered feedback on the
winning design. Improvements include; re conceptualizing the Desert Varnish Wall to a more
subtle, more intimate Garden Springs Wall. This wall was also repositioned to create a more
open and inviting atmosphere along the northern edge of the park as well as create secluded
and intimate spaces between the Garden Springs Wall and the food and beverage building.
In addition, simplifi cation was made to the Crescendo Batons and Cooling Tower elements.
With the reduction in number, and the separation of Batons and Cooling Towers from one
another, the Batons now create a more subtle yet monumental statement and the towers now
become a part of the language of structures that together create a transition in scale from the
park to the surrounding urban fabric of high rise buildings. The shade structures were also
refi ned and now refl ect the mud cracked patterns found in the desert fl oors of the Nevada
Symphony Park - Phase One
Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas Performing Arts
Symphony Park - Overall Perspective
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