The construction of the Isle of Capri Casino complex in Cape Girardeau provided this southeast Missouri city with a vibrant entertainment destination to serve as anchor for a concerted 21st century redevelopment initiative. The building’s design harkens to the once burgeoning industrial past of the region, striking a compelling profile beside the long-dormant Mississippi Riverfront. The much anticipated hospitality facility includes diverse gaming opportunities, a wide assortment of restaurants and lounges, and a much-needed community and performance event center.
Lighting is a principal ingredient in the project’s success. Sensitive selection of exterior façade materials is featured at night through dramatic color and textural revelation. Warm stone and wood is contrasted with cooler, more abstract reminders of the mighty flowing river nearby. Even the City’s monumental cable-stay bridge is visually acknowledged through careful illumination of the porte cochere’s structural support system.
Venues throughout the interior are revealed richly for a heightened sense of discovery and excitement for both the returning and first-time patrons. The lighting continues its emphasis on materials, drawing visitors through space and to activity areas throughout the building. Both grand and intimate experiences can be found throughout, with lighting establishing the appropriate reinforcement.