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PAUL STEELMAN INTERVIEW

CI: The way people move – or are moved –

through those casinos is very clever. The building seems quite organic, the way shops etc are laid out…

PS: Organic? I’ll tell you something: we want to

build a square building. Our grids and everything are more efficient, it’s cheaper… It’s a lot of things. The ‘organic’ placement of the pathways is important, because a curved pathway will pique the curiosity of the visitor. The visitor can see a series of straight lines, or see the whole thing. Some casinos already allow you to do that, like Paris Las Vegas – there’s no mystery there for customers, you’re not piquing the curiosity to explore. That’s why for so many years Caesar’s Palace was so successful. You walked in and there was a low ceiling, you walked into that round pit and were engulfed, you stepped down and said, “I must see more of this!” I think when Steve did the Wynn, he was a big student of Caesar’s, and he loved the place; I think Steve Wynn made the next Caesar’s Palace. You can kind of tell – it has flamboyance, beautiful colours, scale, places to pique the curiosity.

CI: In terms of working on a casino project,

which is the most satisfying: To have an unlimited budget and freedom, or to work to a tight budget and have to be more creative, perhaps, in your solutions? Can freedom be a restriction in its own way?

PS: All restrictions to designers are somewhat

difficult, or unnerving. A designer might pick an $8- a-square-foot tile, or pick a $1000-a-square-foot tile if he didn’t have to. You need a lot of things going for you to be sure a building is successful.

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The challenge for me is somewhere in the middle

there because I enjoy having a very strict budget, but I also enjoy giving the highest possible standard of design. The only thing I don’t enjoy is when I don’t get to

bid it properly, we’re not allowed to tender it or we have to give it to the first contractor we see, or time’s rushed. If we’re allowed to tender things, we can get

“I like creative freedom, and I like a budget. I don’t think it inhibits me in any shape or form – it only makes our customers more confident in our abilities to do it.”

an awful lot of things for the right price and then have the financial success that the Sands Macau attracts even today. I like creative freedom, and I like a budget. I don’t

think it inhibits me in any shape or form – it only makes our customers more confident in our abilities to do it. Basically, buildings all cost about the same, unless

you get into some unusual architectural situations. 85 per cent of a building’s costs are predictable. The interior finishes add some of the extra costs – but that’s only your last 15 per cent. If you don’t budget the project properly for that 85 per cent, and it turns out higher, then the 15 per cent is affected, and that is what makes casinos different – that is the difference between Wynn and many other casinos. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46
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