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Macao Sands Design Boasts Innovations

24 March 2005

MACAO – As reported by the China Daily: "In a meeting room in the heart of Sands Casino, Paul Steelman, president and CEO of Paul Steelman Design Group (PSDG), beams at the prospects that lie ahead. The chief architect for the recently opened Sands has arrived in Macao to inspect recent additions to the building he designed and to address a group of fellow architects, among them leading names like Callisons and KPF (Kohn Pederson and Fox), who are eager to hear about the success of his latest project.

"And well they might. Steelman is one of the world's leading casino designers, having worked on over 80 casino and entertainment related projects in a career that spans nearly thirty years. The success of the Sands has made casino developers and other designers sit up and take notice.

"…The design of the Sands has undergone substantial changes since its first presentation, but fundamentally, the design concept is the same, says Steelman.

"…One of the fundamental differences in the design of the Sands is the layout, Steelman says. While casinos are usually planned to spread out, with gaming facilities developed horizontally and any hotel towers placed above them, the Sands breaks this rule and layers multiple gaming and entertainment facilities above one another.

"…Curving the spaces also adds interest and complexity to the design as the perspective of the occupants and their experience of the space is always changing as they move through the building, he says, and 'this makes the gaming area always their focus'.

"…In another departure from convention, external lighting has been allowed into the building. While most casinos block out any references that remind gamblers of the time, Steelman lets light in and combines it with special effects lighting and other digital effects to create different moods at different times of the day.

"…As well as moving away from thematic designs towards more fundamental principles, buildings here will be more sympathetic and incorporate local design elements and features related to its history as a Portuguese colony and being part of China, he says…"

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