Siegfried & Roy Residence, Las Vegas, NV

The site for this residence for two magicians is indeed magical: 40 acres within the city limits of Las Vegas with a spring-fed lake and mature trees. The site was originally used as a retreat by the illusionists when their famed magic show was dark. Back then the only structure was a Bavarian-styled cabin. The current compound preserves the cabin as a treasured set-piece in a contemporary museum. ¬†The estate consists of a cottage for Roy, another cottage for Siegfried, a common building for entertainment and charity events, and a private chapel dubbed the Translucent Chapel for its polycarbonate walls. All of this is joined together with vine-covered pergolas to take advantage of the benignant desert climate. A ten car garage and gatehouse (with a parking space for Greta Garbo’s cream-colored Rolls Royce), an ¬†animal habitat, pool cabana, and theatrical storage warehouse complete the design of this multi-year project.

Roy’s cottage on left. The original weekend cottage is on the right with the new Translucent Chapel in between.
Original weekend cottage.
Central commons.
Roy’s cottage.
Connecting pathways between pavilions.
Swan lake.
West water feature. Two other water features plus the lake are east of the main building.
Pool cabana.
Pergola.
Outdoor art niche.
Roy’s cottage.
Pergola.
Siegfried’s cottage.
The Translucent Chapel.
The Translucent Chapel.
Chapel, plan.
Central commons and Translucent Chapel.
The Translucent Chapel.
Cupola design.
The Translucent Chapel.
Model of compound.
Model of animal habitat.
Model of animal habitat.
Siegfried and Roy’s menagerie.
Siegfried and Roy’s menagerie.
Model.