Since this was Philadelphia’s first casino, politics ruled everything, including the design, which we did twice. The developer, Rush Street Gaming, of Chicago, held its breath as the building was down-scaled to 50,000 SF, but the architectural firm of Cope Linder Architects and we responded quickly to the challenge.
SugarHouse’s space is, in fact, a box, but with creative carving, it is now colorful and dynamic. The outdoor terrace overlooks the Delaware River and the green shore of New Jersey. Our challenge was to animate the interior, too.
Our approach was to highlight the perimeter with custom light walls and create visual movement across the ceiling with geometric beams. Our accent on movement and style continues into the food and beverage areas, which also benefit from high ceilings and a warm color palette. We worked with John Levy Lighting to brighten the space with color-changing LED lighting. The project was completed in 2009.