Mauro Moro

Las Vegas, NEVADA.

The Mission Center is a retail park at E. Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy. in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is only two kilometres from the famous and glamorous Las Vegas Boulevard. 

The project involves the total renovation of the facade, redesigning and redeveloping the car park, and improving the facade + car park experience.

The architectural concept intends to distance itself from the caricatured structures typical of casinos. Instead, we seek to ground the new centre’s identity in the Spanish colonial history of the American West.

The centre name, “Mission,” reminds us of the historic white Spanish missions often appearing in famous Western films. In particular, the use of the portico combines the need to shade the public space with the classic portico of the Spanish missions. Another reference comes from the imagery of the Far West, namely the saloon with the classic pediment used as a billboard.

With simple lines, white, precise geometries, the arch, and the pediment, our minimalist approach intends to detach the new centre from the maximalist and redundant context and respond to the noisy visual context with a delicate and elegant silence.