IIDA Award Winner: Lago by Julian Serrano by Studio Munge

Lago by Julian Serrano in Las Vegas, NV by Studio Munge. Photography by Evan Dion.


How do you mix the cool of Milanese futurism with the razzle-dazzle of Las Vegas? Just ask Alessandro Munge, who designed this Italian restaurant and bar at the Bellagio Resort & Casino. Lago by Julian Serrano, the James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef’s second Bellagio establishment, boasts shiny chrome details, energized colors, and a rakish angularity, all pitched to today’s breed of hyper-caffeinated traveler. (Quite a contrast with the Louis XVI opulence of his first Bellagio restaurant, the French-accented Picasso.)


Munge calls Milan “the birthplace of futurismo,” and Lago’s casino-facing interior facade is an exuberant rendition of the city’s street map, its strips of white powder-coated aluminum framing pieces of backlit colored glass. Steps inside the 6,500- square-foot space, an attenuated oblong, comfy upholstered seating gathers beneath artwork commissioned from Lori-Ann Bellissimo—yes, that’s her real name. The kaleidoscopic wall sculpture is called Giuseppe Blu.


A bar in glistening Italian marble glides back toward the final destination. That’s a patio beneath an interstellar outdoor chandelier, with views of the dancing waters of the property’s ersatz Lake Como.


Project Team: Alex Simpson; Andy Liu; Stephanie Kruschen; Ragheed Nakkash; Ashraf Daoud.


 

Lago by Julian Serrano in Las Vegas, NV by Studio Munge. Photography by Evan Dion.


 

Lago by Julian Serrano in Las Vegas, NV by Studio Munge. Photography by Evan Dion.


 

Lago by Julian Serrano in Las Vegas, NV by Studio Munge. Photography by Evan Dion.


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