With its penchant for the new
and unique, Vegas has often been
home to award-winning retail design.
The city has seen 15 projects earn
A.R.E. Design Awards since 2000.
Three were temporary spaces, and
market changes led to the relocation
or closure of six others throughout the
years. But six stores—with wins dating
from 2000 to 2010—remain. While
you’re in town for GlobalShop, you can
visit them in person to see how they
evolved. Here’s a self-guided study
tour to get your creative juices flowing.
STARTING over at the Fashion Show Mall
toward the north end of the Strip, Nord
strom was acclaimed in 2003 for its appeal
to both locals and tourists. The tone was
set with valet service at the porte cochere
entrance with its decoratively lit arched
canopy. Fashion statements were made by
merchandise vignettes supported by case
work and custom fixtures, while a light ash
back wall common to each floor provided
• How has the expression of fashion
changed since then? Is it supported by
digital signage or other technology now?
Why or why not, in your estimation?
• How is the space maintaining a high-end aesthetic while engaging shoppers?
• Does the store still tie floors together
with a common wall treatment? What factors likely led to decisions about the walls?
NEXT STOP: Another luxury department
store—Barneys New York in The Grand
Canal Shoppes between the Palazzo
and the Venetian. Judges in 2009 liked
this store’s drama, from a 25ft. ceiling
to an elliptical sculptural central stair.
Daylighting strategies included a skylight
and exterior curtain wall, and materials
included limestone and bleached black wal
nut floors, antique brass and bronze, and
a variety of woods.
• Some retailers today are adding art,
branding messages, or other elements to
staircase areas. How is this store using the
stair well area today? If you were tasked
with enhancing this area, how would you
The first stop in the A. R.E. hall of fame in Vegas is Nordstrom at the Fashion Show Mall, awarded
an A. R. E. Design Award in 2003. While at GlobalShop, take the Vegas tour and visit other
Design Award winners to reflect on these retail gems and observe any changes over the years.
A self-guided study of past award-winning Vegas design By Jo Rossman
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you can refer to this tour on your phone
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