Lifescapes International, a Newport Beach-based landscape architectural firm, has been selected as the landscape architect for Paradise City, an integrated entertainment and gaming resort in Incheon, South Korea, which is planned to span 83 acres.
Lifescapes International will design a large Las Vegas-style main entry, the exterior perimeter of the resort, a resort-style pool, poolside bars, wedding gardens, private villas, and gardens that will flow throughout the project.
According to Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs, President of Lifescapes International, the firm was selected as the landscape architect for this project based on its tremendous depth of experience working with integrated entertainment and gaming resorts, including 12 of the most notable destination resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, such as the Wynn Las Vegas, the Bellagio, Paris Hotel & Resort, The Palazzo, Treasure Island, the Mirage, and the Venetian, among many others.
“An integrated resort is all about creating the ultimate customer experience and delivering that experience throughout every element of the resort,” explains Brinkerhoff. “Strategic and thoughtful landscape design are essential to delivering the overall guest experience by creating the vibrant energy that a destination resort like this demands.”
Paradise City, which broke ground in late November 2014, is planned to open in 2017. As part of its work on the perimeter of the resort, Lifescapes International will design large water features, among many other elements.
“In our initial design process, our overall goal was to create a destination environment that will be a year-round attraction for tourists visiting South Korea,” says Lifescapes International’s Al Amador, Senior Principal and lead designer for the project. “In order to do so, we are incorporating the kind of features that will create an overall sensory entertainment experience from the moment one approaches the resort.”
The firm will also create the landscape design for the main resort-style pool, complete with an outdoor bar, private cabanas, and landscaping that increases the dramatic element of being in the setting.
“The main concept behind our pool design is to not only deliver a great look, but to create a continuous and driving energy,” explains Amador. “Throughout our entire design process, we continue to develop innovative strategies that will elevate the excitement of the customer experience.”
Lifescapes International will also highlight South Korea’s rich culture by integrating many local and native plants to South Korea, including Korean Fir, Abies Koreana, Korean Bellflower, Campanula Takesimana, Carpinus Coreana, and Korean Hornbeam, along with many deciduous flowering trees and conifers.
In addition, Lifescapes International will integrate a series of native trees including Pinus Densiflora, Taxus Cuspidate, Acer Palmatum Thunb, Celtis Sinensis, Pinus Strobus, and Ulmus Davidiana Var. Japonica, among several others.\
“One of the major inspirations behind this resort is ‘hallyu,’ which is current South Korean pop culture,” said Amador. “By taking into account the plant materials available locally, we are able to incorporate native plants to highlight the unique culture of South Korea throughout our design. We are generating the excitement of Las Vegas, but are creating the future of what is a uniquely South Korea experience.”
Paradise City will be located in the International Business Center of Incheon International Airport. Paradise City will include a five-star hotel, a boutique hotel, a casino, a convention center, a hallyu-themed plaza, an indoor theme park, retail shops, restaurants, and a luxury spa, among many other amenities.
The large resort complex is being developed as a joint venture between Korea’s casino operator, Paradise Group, and Japan’s entertainment group, Sega Sammy Holdings, Inc. Chun Phil-lip is the Chairman of Paradise Group, and Choi Jong-hwan is the CEO of Paradise Sega Sammy.
A team of international and domestic designers and engineers have been brought in to design the project. Lifescapes International is an internationally recognized landscape architectural firm that has become an influential force in the industry through its design of innovative, creative, and trendsetting landscape environments. For nearly 60 years, the company has remained true to its mantra: “We Create Gardens People Love.”