Caesars Windsor

Windsor, Ontario
Client:
Caesars Windsor (Operator)
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (Owner)
Size:
190,000 m2 | 2,045,000 ft2
Completion:
2000 (Phase 1) | 2009 (Phase 2)
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

Awards:

Casino Executive Magazine, Gold Medallion Design Award for New Construction / Total Casino Resort Facility, 1998

Inspired by ships on the nearby Detroit River, the white metal panels, blue-green glass, and sail-shaped roofs of this mixed-use entertainment complex evoke a nautical theme. Located on a 5.25-hectare site, the complex is surrounded by extensive landscaping, and includes several water features that echo the main theme. WZMH’s design concept includes a radial plan around a central atrium linking three levels of activities and an integrated 21-storey, 400-suite hotel tower with a casino, three restaurants, meeting and convention space, as well as parking for 3,000 cars.

The Phase 2 expansion was planned with a focus on enhancing both the arrival experience and how people navigate through spaces that offer a variety of entertainment options. The expansion’s seamless connection to the original complex is facilitated by a floating entertainment bridge that spans a city street. Work included updates to the casino complex that reflect the luxurious standards of the Caesars brand, and the incorporation of a second hotel, ballroom, and flexible entertainment centre for activities ranging from concerts to “flat floor” trade and convention events. Opened in 2000, Caesars Windsor became Ontario’s first permanent casino, and established the gold standard for the province’s gaming industry.