Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Luxor

Designed by hotel architect Veldon Simpson and interior designer Charles Silverman, the Luxor has received recognition as being among the most recognizable hotels on the strip because of its unique design. The main portion of the hotel is a 365-foot high, 30-story pyramid encased in 11 acres of dark bronze glass.

The guest rooms are situated on the outer walls of the pyramid and are reached by riding in "inclinators" that travel along the inner surface of the pyramid at a 39-degree angle. The hotel also features a 29 million cubic feet atrium, which was the largest open atrium in the world when it was built in 1993. The hotel is marked by a 140-foot high obelisk and a 110-foot tall re-creation of the Great Sphinx of Giza.

The light of the Luxor:  The tip of the pyramid contains a fixed-position spotlight that points directly upward and is claimed to be the brightest beam in the world at over 42.3 billion candle power.

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