Architects Rule designed a baccarat room, where access is VIP-only, for Resorts World Casino. The high-stakes Baccarat Club is a 4,000-square-foot space within a larger casino located at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. We riffed on the theme "Shanghai mod" and the 1960 film "The World of Suzie Wong." To attract high rollers into the Baccarat Club, we created an attention-grabbing "Great Wall of China" with an exterior window display of bold, beautiful blue-and-white porcelain, with an emphasis on curvy, oversized pieces.
Architects Rule custom designed the furnishings, from floor (a bespoke carpet incorporating a motif of ancient Chinese coins) to ceiling (red "chop mark" light fixtures which translate in English to read: "prosperity," "wealth," and "treasure"). The wrought-iron cashier's cage was inspired by Chinese fretwork. To create better feng shui, we designed a mosaic-tile water feature depicting symbols of good fortune–shiny Koi fish and leafy water lilies (lotus). To overcome a 60-foot-long bank of windows with no views, we created window decals that mimic carved glass in the pattern of lattice carvings and fretwork design.