City of Dreams (casino)

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City of Dreams
The City of Dreams 200907.jpg
Address Cotai Strip, Cotai Macau
Opening date 1 June 2009
Total gaming space 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2)
Permanent shows The House of Dancing Water by Franco Dragone
Signature attractions The Bubble
Casino type Land-Based
American-styled casino
Owner Melco Crown Entertainment
Architect Arquitectonica
Leigh & Orange
Jon Jerde
Zaha Hadid
Years renovated none
Website City of Dreams Macau

City of Dreams (Chinese: 新濠天地) is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. City of Dreams is Melco's second mega-sized property in Macau. It is located directly opposite The Venetian Macao, the first property in Cotai, opened by Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Design[edit]

City of Dreams, widely known as CoD or CoD Macau in the industry, is in the style of a podium, with four towers: namely the Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, and the Grand Hyatt Macau (2 towers). A 47-story luxury apartment block is planned for a later phase of development. Its three-floor podium includes a mega-casino, over 200 shopping facilities and hotel guest facilities. City of Dreams has 420,000 square feet (39,000 m2) of gaming space with 450 gaming tables and 1514 machines, over 20 restaurants and bars, including one of the largest in the city. The property also includes 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of high-end retail space (The Boulevard) spread across two levels.

The first phase of City of Dreams opened on 1 June 2009, and the Grand Hyatt in November 2009. There are two theatres, the first, called "The Bubble", currently shows an immersive HD media projection presentation entitled "The Dragons Treasure". The second, the "Dancing Water Theatre", opened in September 2010. It features an in-the-round water show, the largest of its kind in the world.

Vquarium[edit]

One installation is called the Vquarium. These four video walls measure nearly 61 feet (19 m) wide and 22 feet (6.7 m) tall. Constructed in the United States by Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. in several pieces for ease of transportation and for on-site installation. It weighs 11 tons (10,000 kg).

Behind each of the four sections sits a rear projector that displays images on the acrylic. Water cascades down the acrylic faces to enhance the sub-sea ocean scene that is projected on each wall. The Vquarium debuted with the opening of the complex on 1 June 2009 with larger than life mermaids that swim onscreen and into the distance at the end of the short show. The mermaid show was conceived and executed by Falcon's Treehouse.

The Bubble Fountain[edit]

A second installation designed to enhance the environment of the retail area features a large water sphere. Working together with sister company Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc. to manufacture the sphere, International Concept Management, Inc. managed the design, supervised the manufacture, designed the pump and filtration systems, and directed the installation of the sphere and components. The finished sphere measures 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter. A hole in the top of the sphere allows water to be pumped through the inside of the sphere and bubble out the top before gently cascading evenly down the sides of the globe into the catch pool below.

Multi-colored fiber optic lights mounted underneath the sphere provide a continually changing effect, not only for the sphere but for the surrounding retail environment, as well.

ICM ensured the sphere was designed to allow for ease of maintenance for the client. In doing this, the hole at the top of the sphere is large enough that, when drained, allows a maintenance technician to be lowered into the sphere to clean the inside in order to maintain the crystal clear visibility of the acrylic.

The Bubble Show[edit]

The Dragon’s Treasure media show featured in the City of Dreams’ Bubble Theater takes guests on a journey into a supernatural realm of the four Dragon Kings. Each dragon enjoys a moment of boundless power with the Jade Emperor's mighty Pearl of Wisdom. As guests move from one Dragon King’s land to the next guests are immersed in a visual spectacle as elements unique to each region swirl on the 360 degree dome screen.

As the last Dragon King completes his demonstration it is slowly revealed that the carp, all but overlooked in the Dragon’s eager bid to demonstrate the splendor of their lands to their guests, is actually the Jade Emperor himself. In a gentle reminder of the ancient aphorism that reminds us all that the least of us can be the greatest, and the greatest the least, the carp unleashes his hidden power in a verdant effects spectacular.

Featuring media and technical design and integration by Falcon's Treehouse, the Dragon’s Treasure show combines 360 degree 3D audio, theatrical lighting both in the venue and in the screen, show action scenic components, a state-of-the-art water curtain, special effects, and CG animated media to immerse guests in a fantastical world beyond the limits of reality.

Dancing Water Theatre[edit]

Franco Dragone Entertainment Group has created a new show entitled The House of Dancing Water at the Dancing Water Theatre designed by Pei Partnership Architects. The theatre contains one of the largest commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3,700,000 US gallons (14,000 m3). The 270-degree theatre in the round has a central stage with a diameter of approximately 25 meters (82 ft), surrounded by sloped seating on three sides for as many as 2,000 theatre patrons including a V.I.P. section of 70 seats. The theatre arena boasts a 40-meter-high steel trussed space (30 meters clear) providing generous height to the show’s display of acrobatics. Thinkwell Group, a design and production firm based in Burbank, Calif., designed the audio, video and communications systems for the show.[1] The show, which incorporates various design elements such as fire, water effects, and atmospheric effects, opened on 17 September 2010.[2] "The House of Dancing Water" was the recipient of a 2012 Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.[3]

Sponsorship[edit]

Matthew Marsh's car with City of Dreams livery in the 2008 Guia Race.

City of Dreams is the title sponsor for Matthew Marsh in the 2008 Macau Guia race. COD organized a visit by Matthew Marsh to the Fountain of Hope, a Macau based non-profits home in November 2008.[4]

Facilities and Services[edit]

Casino:
420,000 square-foot casino, 450 gaming tables and 1,514 gaming machines.

[5]

Hotel: 1,400 guest rooms and suites:
Crown Towers.
Hard Rock Hotel.
Grand Hyatt Macau.
Other:
Shopping: The Boulevard, 175,000 square feet (16,300 m2) of retail space spread over two levels.
Dining: Over 20 food and beverage venues.
Entertainment: Dragon’s Treasure will be showcased in The Bubble, a dome-shaped theatre and one of the iconic landmarks located in City of Dreams. This 10-minute immersive multi-media experience combines high-definition video content, a sweeping musical score by Klaus Badelt, over 29,000 theatrical LED lights, and a variety of sensory effects to create a stirring multi-media extravaganza.

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Coordinates: 22°8′59″N 113°33′58″E / 22.14972°N 113.56611°E / 22.14972; 113.56611