MGM Resorts International has hired US architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, which designed One Central Macau, to design the $2.6 billion MGM Cotai casino resort, Jim Murren, chief executive and chairman, told analysts. He said the property will include “ a tremendous atrium” that is triple the size of one at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and a “mansion” like the one at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Mansion at the MGM Grand has invitation-only apartment-style luxury villas, a private casino and a collection of works by renowned artists.
“It’s our most popular destination for our Asian customers, it’s really spectacular and we are to develop one we think will set the bar even higher in Cotai,” Murren said. “The mansion in the MGM Cotai will be really over the top.” Based on progress with excavation and piling work, Grant Bowie, chief executive of MGM China Holdings Ltd., said, “We are now anticipating an early 2016 opening” rather than mid-2016 as earlier forecast.