The Victory block is a vision for sustainable, contextual redevelopment of an underutilized block in Downtown Las Vegas. The site chosen was the Victory Hotel block, located just south of the busiest street in downtown and immediately north of Las Vegas City Hall. Bordering the site on the west is a substantial surface street and a complete street on the east. An ‘art trail’ runs the length of the pedestrian focused street, and terminates at the northeast corner of our site.
Our proposal includes rehabilitating the Victory Hotel, one of the last remaining historic structures in Las Vegas, as the focal point on the block. Additionally, with an alleyway bisecting the block, we saw an opportunity to use this typically under-utilized service space to enhance the block as a destination.
Objectives of this project were:
Utilize the Victory block as a catalyst for redevelopment in downtown Las Vegas
Rehabilitate the Victory Hotel through methods of preservation
Create opportunities for engagement with the local demographic
Make a well-used alleyway
Create a green neighborhood
We propose a mix-used development with arts, office, and residential programs that serves as a catalyst to bring redevelopment downtown. In addition to these programs, an alleyway bisects the site connecting city hall on the south site with the Fremont street experience two blocks north. We believe this site is a prime opportunity to explore and demonstrate best practices for alleyways in the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
On the eastern half of the site along the art trail are two multistory, mixed use buildings. These buildings contain ground level retail with access along both the arts trail and the activated alleyway. Affordable housing related to the economic demographics of downtown is located on the upper floors. Between the two towers is a covered plaza with public space for arts and food festivals, including daily food truck events. The south end of the site features an Art Center to anchor the art trail and providing a space for artists to work and display their work in.
The west side of the development features another mixed use tower with ground floor retail and affordable housing above. The existing transformer remains but becomes fitted as a sculptural piece, and the existing Bridger Hotel gets renovated into a boutique hotel to serve those traveling via bus/train nearby. The historic Victory Hotel is re≠imagined as a social club and welcome center for visitors downtown.
Below is the current trends history timeline that focuses on the more recent projects that have been implemented in the downtown region of Las Vegas.
Below is the history timeline we worked up that highlights important events and themes in the growth of Las Vegas throughout time
Social clubs are places where people can gather to enjoy themselves in a space that provides entertainment in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Social clubs provide the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas while also encouraging networking and interaction to further the social lives of the people coming to the social club.
We propose to rehabilitate the Victory Hotel and re-purpose it as a welcome center and social club to emulate its original spirit, welcoming rail workers and train travelers that were looking for a place to rest and be entertained.
The social club operates as a place where residents and the local demographic can gather to enjoy themselves in a space that provides entertainment in a relaxed and comfortable environment. It also provides the opportunity to collaborate and exchange ideas while encouraging networking and interaction.
In an attempt to connect with the local demographic of downtown, we propose a variety of programs and events to entertain and connect not only visitors from out of town, but the people that live in the arts district. Our proposal has elements of transit oriented design and focuses on the pedestrian and the different ways we can engage the local demographic with the site.
The Victory Plaza features varying activities from arts and food festivals, to evening movie screenings, and also displays murals and sculptural pieces from local artists.
After being on site in Las Vegas I began researching an area that interested me immensely about the block we were working with- the alleyway. The present state of the alleyway was unpopulated, dirty, decrepit, and overall unpleasant. Looking at alleyways in numerous cities throughout the country, I wanted to look into whether it was possible to make alleyway pleasant public spaces. The result was me looking at them in a new light, believing that it is possible to transform an often overlooked space in the urban fabric into a pleasant public space.
Often unpleasant and underutilized, alleyways pose a unique problem when it comes to development. Valuable real estate is set aside for service, and these alleyways are often forgotten and hidden.
Where most may see a problem, we see opportunity. We propose activating the alleyway that bisects the block to circulate people from the arts trail through the site. While still supporting the service functions of an alleyway, inserting programs such as retail and art begins to reinvest in this area, and provides a unique approach to anchoring to the arts trail.
It is our hope that with proper activation of this alleyway, Las Vegas can adopt a program to begin activating and utilizing alleys all throughout the metro area.
A passion of mine has always been trying to make a site as sustainable as possible, and in the context of Las Vegas I see the opportunity to really push that goal. Southern Nevada is one of the best places in the world to harvest solar energy, and our plan is to maximize the implementation of solar-both photovoltaic and thermal- to offset the consumption of site. Below is initial research on the feasibility of the site as a net zero site.
With urbanization increasing, it is imperative that we build regenerative developments that are resilient. Given the context of the Mojave Desert, it was our objective to create a development that is sustainable, and betters the health of the community. In an urban context, green blocks can go a long way in reducing carbon output by following examples such as the American Institute of Architects' 2030 challenge and LEED standards for sustainable sites and design beyond a single building.
We propose the Victory block and its adjacent infrastructure to be built inspired by these design guidelines. Below highlights some of the steps we are taking to make this a green development.
Water Design and Systems
Water use submetering
Water efficient faucets and appliances
Transportation Design and Systems
Dedicated bike lanes & bike infrastructure
Pedestrian friendly streetscapes
Reduced parking footprint
Energy Design and Systems
Solar water heating
Efficient building envelope
Building configuration & orientation
Energy efficient lighting
Power use submetering
Healthy grocery store