The oldest casinos date from the 17th century. Indeed, the Casino di Venezia opened its doors in 1638 in a building that once was the Theatre Saint Moses. Back then, it was a wing of the main building, used for the entertainment of the attendees. The building itself is older still, dating from the Renaissance times.
In this article, we’ll talk about the most impressive designs of casinos worldwide.
From Italy to the World
The word ‘casino’ may evoke the lights of Las Vegas for many. The luxury and sophistication of the oldest casino in the world has set a standard. Hollywood has played its part in this, no doubt. Yet, it spread in Europe before reaching the New World.
Nowadays, gamblers can enjoy all the thrill of classic games straight from their smartphones and PCs. Apps and platforms are more interactive than ever. You can find traditional games like online roulette, blackjack, and poker as well as the modern favourite – slots.
Casinos remain a place for extravagant luxury, from the outside and inside. Every tiny detail counts. Scientists have been analysing the effects of certain lights, music, and even scents on gamblers’ behaviour. As for the architecture, casinos should be bold and attractive.
Check below the Top 5 casino designs worldwide.
#5 – Casino de Monte Carlo (Mónaco)
This 19th-century casino is based on a Belle Époque building. The breath-taking venue once belonged to Princess Caroline. Until today, it remains an inspiration for Las Vegas casinos. Its fame was worth a James Bond’s visit twice: first in Never Say Never Again, and then in GoldenEye.
#4 – Borgata Casino(Atlantic City)
Based in Atlantic City, the casino premiered in 2003, with modern design. The place isn’t only a casino but an entire resort, with a spa and a hotel. The main tower is covered in gold glass, and it’s one of the tallest in the city. Also known as the ‘Water Club’, the entire complex cost around $400 million in construction.
#3 – The Bellagio (Las Vegas)
The Bellagio is one of those casinos that made worldwide fame with Hollywood productions, like the Ocean’s Eleven. The place is also often packed with celebrities. Bellagio’s fame is not by chance. The 14,000 square-foot garden is the canvas for landscape designers and horticulturalists.
#2 – Morpheus Casino (Macau – China)
Macau owns the nickname ‘Asian Las Vegas. The autonomous region is south of China and hosts an impressive array of casinos. Among them, the Morpheus Casino and its striking exoskeleton. The project was signed by Zaha Habid and won the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize.
#1 – Baden-Baden Casino (Germany)
Baden-Baden Casino is located in the city with the same name. It bears the inheritance of luxury and extravagance of the Casino di Venezia. The venue is full of German art and décor amid the scenic Black Forest. Additionally, the venue hosts a superb restaurant and a conference complex.
World-class casinos like the ones mentioned above scream grandiosity and luxury. Still, many venues, ranging from traditional to innovative designs, couldn’t possibly fit in a shortlist. Anyway, grand casinos will always tease gamblers’ imagination, inspiring architects and designers.