The design of the new Las Vegas City Hall represents the city’s past, present, and future through its relationship with the environment: the council chamber refers to the Indian Springs Preserve, the city’s original water source; The main facade is a metaphor for the Colorado River, which generates the city’s energy at the Hoover Dam. and the photovoltaic trees generate energy from the sun – the future source of renewable energy. The overall design also expresses the values and potential of a diverse citizenry and its philosophy of open government, as well as the city’s commitment to a sustainable future.
The two characteristic shapes of the building – the curvilinear council chamber and the angular seven-story glass office building that houses the city’s administrative departments – merge in the lobby. The horizontal veining and the varied surface structure of the stone floor and the walls of the lobby create layers and cracks in the canyon. Between the stone pillars of the Great Staircase, layers of laminated glass of varying thicknesses and surfaces are backlit to resemble water and reveal the concrete blocks used to build the Hoover Dam. Metallic bands referring to the spring water of the desert form the ceilings of the council chamber and the lobby. Their satined and polished silver and bronze surfaces symbolize the diversity of the city’s population and reflect the uniqueness of all visitors. When it gets dark, programmable LED lights are lit on the glass slats on the south facade. The solar-powered light shows dance across the face of the building and are a lavish homage to the citizens and a beacon for all that the new town hall has achieved.