Revel Resort and SkyGarden
Cairone and Kaupp, Inc. is excited for the opening of Revel Resort & Casino this summer. We were honored to act as the project landscape architects for the entire development. The unique resort/casino is located in the inlet section of Atlantic City on a 20 acre site which is one of the largest contiguous tracts in the city. As part of the initial programing, it was determined that in the interest of remaining relevant and viable in the competitive world of gaming, the 2 billion dollar Revel project should define itself as a year round resort destination. Consequently, the entire design team drew its inspiration both in architecture and site context from ecology of the northeast outer coastal plain. The project was designed by BLT Architects - Executive Architect and Architect of Record; Arquitectonica - Design Architect; and SOSH Architects - Associate Architect.
From a landscape architectural perspective, visitors, upon their arrival, experience plantings reflective of a shaded upland wooded holly/pine forest complete with native understory shrub and groundcover plantings. This natural gateway eventually opens up to the sky and horizon line of the ocean.
The final landscape experience begins at approximately 114 feet above sea level upon entering Revel’s Sky Garden. This two acre outdoor space celebrates all of the unique and memorable images of the landscape of New Jersey’s outer coastal plain. Providing a series of winding pathways through approximately 20,000 plants and 3,000 cubic feet of light weight soil, it re-creates the unique and peaceful experience of walking through the pristine dunes of the New Jersey coastline. The Sky Garden has been designed to reflect the dynamic nature of the changing seasons of the coastal northeast. The effects of the soft pastel colors of early spring give way to the flowing and undulating forms of the grasses which are activated by the varying breezes throughout the summer. Fall and early winter seasons see the color changes and the brittle fragile nature of the landscape create a contemplative experience as it responds to diminishing temperatures and shorter periods of daylight. These paths through the Sky Garden eventually open up to panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean at all times of the year. No illusion could be more impactful than the grandeur and elegance of this stunning natural connection.