Situated at Cotai, Macau, this is Asia’s largest single-structure hotel building, representing modern engineering on a grand scale.
The entertainment complex comprises a 3,000-room five-star hotel, the Grand Canal Shoppe (a 93,000m2 retail space with three internal canals, each 150m-long), the 140,000m2 Expo Centre, a Congress Centre, housing meeting rooms and ball rooms, a 15,000-seat Event Centre (a multi-purpose stadium), a 1,800-seat theatre featuring show production from Cirque du Soleil, and a 56,000m2 casino.
The design of the hotel and casino resort was inspired by the glorious architectural wonders of Venice. This theme is not only reflected in the interior designs and decorations, but also echoed by the external features, including the Rialto Bridge, the Campanile and external facades which resemble palaces in Venice. There is also a large lagoon in front of the development, which serves not only as a water feature but also a place for visitors to enjoy leisure rides on traditional gondolas.
Apart from its size, another astonishing fact is that the development took just 36 months to build. The use of pre-cast elements made for an average construction speed of 62,000m2 a month. It also made for a tidy construction site and minimal construction waste.