7 Painted Feather Way, Las Vegas; $12 Million
Initially, James Murren, a noted art collector and the chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, planned to build a Mediterranean compound on his parcels at The Ridges, an exclusive gated community in Las Vegas occupying land that once belonged to eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. That was before he consulted his friend, light-installation artist James Turrell. Turrell introduced Murren to Marmol Radziner (the architecture firm behind Desert Hot Springs’ legendary Desert House), which ultimately created a modern steel-and-glass structure reminiscent of the works of Richard Neutra. Turrell contributed his own singular design, a partly subterranean, two-room Skyspace with two windows through which to behold the world outside. One room looks up to the sky, but the other, facing east, grants an unparalleled view of Las Vegas, which, when darkness falls, twinkles in the distance.
Contact: Crosby Doe Associates; 310-275-2222.