Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Lounges

Hospitality, Hotels, Renovation & Restoration


Las Vegas, Nevada


476,000 sf

Project Features
  • Lounges and restaurants
  • Hotel
  • Casino
  • 45,000-sf salt water aquarium
Within the Golden Nugget Hotel complex are separate lounges and two restaurants designed by Kirksey. Bar 46, IBB Ice Bar, Claim Jumper, Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Rush Lounge and the Chart House Restaurant compose just a few of the amenities at Rush Tower.

Located behind the main reception desk in the first floor lobby of the Golden Nugget Rush Hotel, guests are treated to a spectacular view of a 45,000-sf salt water aquarium, the signature piece of the Chart House restaurant. The aquarium was designed with custom acrylic panels to provide unobstructed views from all four sides, while separating life support systems to the back of the house.

The 184-seat restaurant and bar completely surrounds the aquarium. Custom light fixtures were designed to provide a night-time effect that wouldn’t distract the animals within the aquarium. Due to the corrosive nature of the salt water, careful attention to the design of the architectural finishes as well as the structural and electrical systems was required.
Doug Hammel, AIA 713 426 7523
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Doug has amassed a wealth of technical knowledge over his 31-year career, specifically in code, coastal design, and project management for a host of hospitality, hotel, club, spa, condo, mixed use and residential clients. His expertise in building detailing, envelope enclosure, and waterproofing is crucial to the success of any mid-rise or high-rise building.