As architectural designs for sports and entertainment venues go, the sleek T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas fits smoothly in its host city.
I was wandering the Vegas Strip with my Nikon under the desert sun, searching for interesting subjects to capture when I laid eyes on this home of the Golden Knights, the NHL expansion team currently vying for a Stanley Cup title.
Lured I was by its multi-layered façade with varied angles, curves, textures and colors—the earth-tone metal panels, exposed steel beams, extensive glass panes, and a 9,000-square-foot LED screen flashing above the two-acre plaza from where I snapped my photos.
The architectural firm Populous explains its blueprints aimed to devise a building that mirrors the site’s natural and man-made environments:
“With the desert and Spring Mountains directly to the west, and the pulsating Las Vegas Boulevard to the east, the arena design captures these juxtaposing facets and melds them into an authentic expression of the city’s drama and excitement while showcasing the spectacular surrounding landscape.”