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If CityCenter and Red Rock had a baby ...

... it might look like this c ompetition-winning design by a Florida-based design firm braining up a design for sustainable lodging in Jordan. Warning: Sci-fi-ish desert dwelling fantasies ahead. From Design Boom:

emerging from the landscape like an uncovered stone, the luxury accommodations are revealed in geometric cut-outs from the topography. the architecture is inserted into the natural faults and fissures of the land, resulting in simple and elemental forms that aim to enhance and embrace the site. as a living space, the project seeks to provide a direct connection between man and nature by leaving many elements of the design raw and honest to its surrounding.

As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.