Dazzling Glass at the Gaudi Bar

Cookie dough pillars twist and arch towards a rainbow jewel ceiling of glass. The dim light of the casino highlighting the glowing ceiling’s brilliant hues – reds and oranges, blues and greens. The intricate, sinewy designs overhead bubble into flowery glass domes or snake towards sunshine burst panels. You are standing in the Gaudi Bar, smack in the middle of Sunset Station casino in Henderson, Nevada.

The Gaudi Bar, Henderson, NV
The Gaudi Bar, Henderson, NV. Photo by Angel LaCanfora

The Gaudi Bar’s fanciful, undulating ceiling and pillars along with the detailed glass work were inspired by the Spanish architect and glass artist, Antonio Gaudi. Covering 3,000 square feet and weighing in at approximately twelve tons, “each panel is repeated eight times around the bar, although no two are exactly alike,” says Sunset Station’s Director of Facilities, Dave Gildersleeve. “The panels are back-lit using linear and compact fluorescent lighting technology.”

Detail of the custom glass panel.  Photo by Angel LaCanfora.
Detail of the custom glass panel. Photo by Angel LaCanfora.

Designed by Morris and Brown of Savoy Studios, in order to create the glass panels, they were first set into molds in a bent steel framework, before installation. The panels incorporate 30,000 faceted jewels, custom blown medallions and hand-blown light fixtures.

Detail of the Gaudi Bar. Photo by Angel LaCanfora.
Detail of the Gaudi Bar. Photo by Angel LaCanfora.

As a mosaic artist, I was thrilled to discover this treasure exists mere blocks from my home. The Gaudi Bar is a great point of pilgrimage for not only the lover of glass but also for the appreciator of unique architecture.

Entering the Gaudi Bar. Photo courtesy of Sunset Station.
Entering the Gaudi Bar. Photo courtesy of Sunset Station.

The Gaudi Bar at Sunset Station: 1301 W Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV – Open 24/7 and featuring live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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