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MGM COTAI Named World’s Best New Skyscraper
First Building in Macau Recognized by the Emporis Skyscraper Awards
MGM COTAI has been named the world's best new skyscraper in 2018 by the Emporis Skyscraper Awards with its innovative design concept of staking Chinese jewelry boxes.

MGM’s integrated resort in Macau, MGM COTAI, is honored to be declared the world's best new skyscraper in 2018 by the Emporis Skyscraper Awards, one of the most renowned architecture prize for skyscrapers. Being the first building in Macau to receive this accolade, MGM COTAI, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, was selected from almost 500 new skyscrapers around the world with its overall innovative and spectacular design.


The Emporis Skyscraper Award jury comprised of international architecture experts was fascinated by the unique structure that is based on the idea of nine Chinese jewelry’s boxes stacked upon each other, forming two interconnected towers. The asymmetrical design and golden coloring create a dynamic and glamorous appearance, which fits the atmosphere of Macau, affirmed in a statement by Emporis.


Grant Bowie, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited, said, “With innovation engrained in our DNA, we are extremely proud to have MGM COTAI voted by the jury, making the year’s best new skyscraper stands in Macau. This award not only makes MGM COTAI a creative architectural masterpiece, but also exemplifies our vision on reinforcing Macau’s position as a World Center of Tourism and Leisure with our award-winning landmark.”


John Bushel, Principal of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, said, “We are delighted with this award and the recognition of this innovative design that combines two towers into one dynamically stacked composition. We worked closely with MGM Development Team, and this award is a testament to successful collaboration and joint vision. From the outset, the vision was to create a landmark of the highest architectural quality that would stand out in its approach to scale, facade expression, and imagery.”


The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the only prize for high-rise buildings awarded annually and on a global basis. Nominees and winners are recognized with their excellence in both aesthetic and functional design.


Prior to this accolade, MGM COTAI has scored numbers of major architecture recognitions across the globe shortly after its opening. The Spectacle, a multifunctional immersive space of creative and dynamic design situated at the heart of MGM COTAI, has recently earned the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title in Macau with the world's largest free-span, grid-shell glass roof. The property is also the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the Three-Star certification under the China Green Building Design Label, the highest and most prestigious ranking in the Label, which recognizes the endeavor of environmental sustainability MGM commits in its property design.


About MGM


MGM is an abbreviation for MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau. 


MGM MACAU is a Forbes Five-Star luxury integrated resort inspired by the arts with every element of the resort infused with creativity and style. MGM MACAU has approximately 600 guest rooms and suites and boasts a number of distinguishing features, including the architecturally stunning European-inspired Grande Praça, housed under a soaring glass ceiling. MGM MACAU’s world class facilities include the MGM Art Space, dedicating over 5,000 square feet to display authentic works of art, conference and event facilities, spa, and seven signature restaurants and bars to fulfill any gastronomic craving. Our property is conveniently located on the Macau Peninsula and is directly connected to the luxury retail shopping complex, One Central.


MGM COTAI is the latest integrated resort of MGM in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, Asia’s first dynamic theater, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. The Spectacle at MGM COTAI becomes the record holder of the largest free-span gridshell glazed roof (self-supporting) on January 19, 2019, making it the first architectural and structural GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for Macau, China. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.


MGM China Holdings Limited is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. 


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