Sky Dancer Casino & Resort

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa

Case study

The Sky Dancer Hotel & Casino is located on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation in north central, North Dakota, just 15 minutes south of the Canadian border. The existing campus is an assortment of multiple additions built around the 2-story hotel. The casino is a large metal building providing the much needed square footage but lacks architectural appeal. As gaming in the region becomes increasingly competitive, the Turtle Mountain Band felt the need to “up the ante”. An increase in gaming opportunities, more hotel rooms and much improved guest amenities were the goals for the addition and renovation. The improved gaming floor offers 820 slot machines, 10 table games, 6 poker tables and simulcast as well as bingo. The 6-story, 100 room hotel addition increases the total number of room to 197. A 75-seat steak house, 150-seat buffet and snack bar are all family friendly and offer uests choices, from convenience food to fine dining, while incorporating attractive theme design. A 31-seat bar is the focal point in the center of the casino. The existing casino will be turned into an events center, capable of seating 1,500 for a concert events or can be sub-divided into two separate spaces for conventions. The combination of active lighting and a unique architectural element upon the hotel tower provides a powerful visual beacon. When entering the reorganized campus, clients approach an expressive entry canopy inspired by a traditional pow-wow dancer’s fan. The canopy has several ‘feathers’ that reach out 0ver the vehicular area. Underneath the canopy’s surface is a luminescent surface, providing a focal beacon at night. The hotel tower mimics the glow of the Northern Lights, a prevalent phenomenon in the area in which the property is named for – Sky Dancer.

Note:  This project was completed by the First American Design Studio in partnership with DSGW Architects.  All rights reserved by DSGW Inc.

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