Top­golf Las Ve­gas

Where form sup­ports func­tion

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Big­ger doesn’t al­ways equal bet­ter but it does at Top­golf Las Ve­gas where YWS an international de­sign firm, ‘Ve­gas’ized the na­tion­ally pop­u­lar golf en­ter­tain­ment pow­er­house into an up­scale and play­ful venue like none other on the Las Ve­gas Strip. For the past cou­ple of years the firm has been work­ing with Dal­las-based Top­golf to con­cep­tu­al­ize and ef­fec­tu­ate a flag­ship ‘golf­tain­ment’ fa­cil­ity that is un­equalled in any of the 24 pre­vi­ous cen­tres to date. Think: golf prac­tice meets bowl­ing and 3,000 po­ten­tial new friends. The venue spans four lev­els, sits on 115,000 square feet, and is lo­cated on eight acres ad­ja­cent to MGM Grand Ho­tel & Casino.

Lis­ten­ing to the client’s ob­jec­tives for big­ger, bet­ter, ‘Ve­gas-y’, de­sign­ers took a co­he­sive ap­proach to a de­sign where the in­te­rior seam­lessly con­nects to the ex­te­rior, al­low­ing guests to mi­grate out­doors to golf bays and pools and back in­doors to bars or a cosy loung­ing niche res­o­nant of that cool down­town club where they play live mu­sic and host oc­ca­sional com­edy acts. Coloured lights de­fine spa­ces and de­light the senses. Add in trans­par­ent ma­te­ri­als and bi-fold doors and the sep­a­ra­tion of in­doors and out­doors be­comes in­dis­tin­guish­able.

In­side, there are pur­pose­ful glimpses of green to pay homage to Top­golf’s logo and brand iden­tity. “The driv­ing range gives the feel­ing of a fresh out­door en­vi­ron­ment within the desert,” says Holly Cass­well, se­nior in­te­rior de­signer. She adds:

“The in­door/out­door con­cept am­pli­fies jux­ta­po­si­tions and con­trasts.” There are bright open com­mu­nal spa­ces an­nexed to smaller darker and com­pressed niches to af­ford guests small, in­ti­mate spa­ces for

mem­ory mak­ing con­ver­sa­tion.

Even at the en­trance, form and func­tion deftly play off of one another in this golf venue in­spired by the ge­ome­tries of the golf swing. The form and skin of the un­du­lat­ing build­ing façade is an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the tri­an­gle swing and the façade pat­tern is in­spired by a golf ball’s hexag­o­nal dim­ples. Ex­te­rior an­gles in­ter­sect at a point that re­veals in­te­rior glimpses of ac­tiv­i­ties, from corn­hole, shuf­fle­board, and more that beckon passers by to wan­der in­side this bold and eye-catch­ing build­ing.

The great­est chal­lenge for ac­tiv­ity-driven fun-seek­ers is what to do first. The vaulted en­try and mega-sized HDTVs in­vite one to ex­plore, and play. Plus these HDTVs are big, re­ally big, and they’re ev­ery­where. So…what’s a guest to do? Play in­ter­ac­tive golf hit­ting mi­cro chipped golf balls onto an ex­pan­sive green belt from one of 108 golf bays? Ex­plore the pools, retail shop, or the Call­away Fit­ting Stu­dio? Visit the VIP suites or ca­banas? Or, en­joy the views in sleek, mod­ernist golf bays that seat up to six peo­ple.

Of course, what’s a view with­out food and bev­er­age? And Ve­gas doesn’t have cooks, it has chefs and two are em­ployed at Top­golf Las Ve­gas. Thirsty? There are five bars which can be ver­ti­cally ac­cessed.

Another floor, another mood and vibe. Don’t want to miss the game? No wor­ries. More big screen TVs, they’re in­doors and out­doors. There is one in ev­ery golf bay and at the end of the driv­ing range. They’re in the hang out area of each floor and on the first floor there are five HDTVs, each one tuned to a dif­fer­ent game.

A mo­bile Sports Book is lo­cated in The Yard to serve as the main hub of Top­golf Las Ve­gas and al­lows sports fans to place

bets while tak­ing in all the big screen ac­tion. The Yard also serves as home to Top­golf’s main en­ter­tain­ment venue, which show­cases lo­cal and na­tional acts.

From the be­gin­ning, the YWS crew was de­ter­mined to show Top­golf a path to add mul­ti­ple uses and con­se­quent value to its Las Ve­gas venue. They made it big­ger and more mul­ti­func­tional. They de­signed four Tee-tiers in­stead of the usual three. They added pools, ca­banas, and VIP space while never stop­ping their de­sign­ing or con­sid­er­ing guest com­fort. Ar­chi­tect Namyd Ly­oubi, AIA; worked with Con­trac­tor McCarthy Build­ing

Cos., to de­sign Top­golf’s first in­te­grated cool­ing sys­tem. From the be­gin­ning the team’s ap­proach was to lis­ten, an­tic­i­pate op­por­tu­ni­ties, and be on the ready to solve chal­lenges. Project Man­ager Jill Rubin kept the project on its fast-tracked sched­ule to en­sure city of­fi­cials that Top­golf Las Ve­gas would fit on an 8½ acre in­fill par­cel with room for park­ing and a fire lane, even though it would be twice the size of a typ­i­cal Top­golf pro­to­type.

But again…this is Las Ve­gas.

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