Among the latest luxury establishments to hit the Las Vegas region is the M Resort, Spa and Casino - located on a 90-acre piece of property on South Las Vegas Boulevard in Henderson, NV. The resort not only attracts guests who are looking to relax, pamper themselves and enjoy Las Vegas nightlife, but it also recently provided the home kitchen to Season 6 contestants on Bravo’s popular television series "Top Chef." Designed and built by Marnell Corrao Associates of Las Vegas, the M Resort is lavishly dressed in Italian marble and Turkish travertine throughout its interior and exterior spaces - creating a warm yet contemporary environment.
Visiting the QuarriesThe stone was quarried and fabricated by FMP srl of Carrara, Italy. “We went to the quarries and took the owner,” said Marnell. “We spent four days doing a variety of mock-ups for the interior walkway surfaces and for the wall surfaces to come up with a saw-cut pattern that is in all the walls. We did a host of different panels and different finishes - staying within the design criteria and curtain wall criteria.”
Marnell went on to explain that a lot of time was dedicated to studying the mock-up panels. “We looked at them in the daytime and in the evening,” he said. “We wanted to see the different lighting patterns.”
“I had been flirting with the idea for a long time of doing a curtain wall instead of a typical anchor installation,” said the architect. “The fastening system had to be engineered for this look. We designed the stone patterns at the same time as we were designing the fastening system in conjunction with the look and feel that we wanted.”
Creating stone eleganceIn addition to the travertine, Daino Reale marble floor tiles are also carried throughout the resort. An elaborate entrance to Marinelli’s, an Italian restaurant, is achieved with wide marble steps that were given a bushhammered finish. A dramatic look is also created in the restaurant’s private dining room, where a large polished slab of Daino Reale marble with rough-cut edges forms the tabletop.
“Part of the fun is seeing the same material finished in different ways,” said Marnell. “It gives a different feeling. The colors change depending on how much you polish or split it.”