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MGM Grand Macau Preview (Part 1) : Renderings, Models, and the Grande Praca

Exclusive Photos of MGM Grand Macau's Architectural Models

MGM Grand Macau Architectural Model - Grande Praça

MGM Grand Macau - Grande Praça

Looking south east from behind the MGM Grand Macau, you can see a skylight on the roof. Beneath the skylight is MGM Grand Macau's indoor plaza space, Grande Praça. The Grande Praça is a large open area that takes a cue from Bellagio's Conservatory and the Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes or Rue de la Paix at Paris Las Vegas with Portuguese-style facades and the airbrushed ceilings exchanged for actual skylights. The MGM Grand Macau's Grande Praça will also feature a handful of plaza-side dining and shopping outlets. The Grande Praça will access the hotel lobby to the south and the casino to the north.

MGM Grand Macau - Grande Praça South

MGM Grand Macau - Grande Praça, North Entrance

This is a photo of the scale model of Grande Praça at MGMMirage's offices in Macau. Note the curvy cobblestone designs appropriated from Praça do Leal Senado. The second level entrance leads to Casino Level two, and a hallway that goes left to some Phase 2 features, possibly a showroom and/or convention/banquet hall facilities (Phase 2's theoretical showroom is behind the pool deck, this isn't confirmed by MGMMirage, a Showroom feature is my guess based on the shape of the construct). The casino wraps around Grande Praça on three sides.

MGM Grand Macau Renderings, Construction Photos - Grande Praça Conservatory South

MGM Grand Macau - Grande Praça, North Entrance Construction

This photo of the Grande Praça was included in an investor presentation by MGMMirage in early October. It is unclear when these were taken, but construction seems to be nearing completion. Judging by the dust coverings over the top entryways, one can guess that the casino behind it is further along in construction than the Grande Praça is. When I walked by the north east entrance in mid-September 2007, workers were hauling in polished brass handrails, thats more 'finishing' than construction.

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