The Las Vegas Fashion Show Mall is a swanky shopping complex located on the northern portion of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a massive mall with over 1.8 million sq. ft (175,415.0 m2) of space, making it one of the largest enclosed malls in the world. The Mall has over 250 stores, seven anchors (including a tony line up: Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s) an elevated stage, a fashion runway, and the famed Cloud.
The Cloud, a flying saucer-shaped canopy skewered between two massive pillars, is 128 ft (39 m) above the sidewalk and 480 ft (150 m) long. The structure is designed to provide shade from the scorching Las Vegas sun under the east entrance and serves as a movie screen by night. I like this particular vantage: the silvery belly of the Cloud; the interplay of form and space. Ironically, the billboard on the pillar features Skyy Vodka — a fitting combination under a cobalt sky and silver cloud.