The Turrell installation at the home.
Photo: Crosby Doe Associates

This $14.5-Million Las Vegas Home Has Its Own James Turrell Skyspace

Marmol Radziner designed the desert retreat with Turrell's 'Arrowhead,' a pyramidal structure with a pair of glowing rooms

The James Turrell installation. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates

In 2009 MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren tapped California architecture firm Marmol Radziner to craft this eco-friendly retreat, nestled in the red desert rocks some 20 minutes from the glittering Las Vegas Strip. To reduce the carbon footprint, the firm designed a series of steel-framed prefabricated modules that were manufactured near their Los Angeles office and then assembled in a matter of days on the 1.5-acre site.

The result is a refined 10,700-square-foot dwelling that eschews the ostentatious style that has come to be associated with Sin City. Organized around a central pool area, the four-bedroom home also boasts a subterranean basketball court, a wine cellar, and a double-height living room. But arguably the most impressive aspect of the property is located outside. 

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To accompany the glass-and-steel dwelling, Murren asked his favorite artist, James Turrell, to install one of his skyspaces on the grounds. Dubbed Arrowhead, the pyramidal structure features a pair of glowing rooms punctuated by apertures, one open to the sky, the other pointed toward the horizon. A bench in the center provides views of both—and it’s the perfect spot for desert contemplation.

California firm Marmol Radziner designed the 10,700-square-foot home. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
The main living area. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
A view of Arrowhead, the Turrell installation, next to the home. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
Sage Design Studios crafted the landscape and plantings around the home. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
The glowing interior of Arrowhead.  Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
One of the apertures peers onto the horizon. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
The spot where both portals are visible offers a unique place to contemplate life. Photo: Crosby Doe Associates
Cover: The Turrell installation at the home.
Photo: Crosby Doe Associates


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