Designing Gaming Resorts in the Era of COVID-19: Architects Evaluate Impacts on Layout

rather repurposing the existing space to be more efficient and effective. DMAC ARCHITECTURE DMAC Architecture is a multidisciplinary design firm specializing in architecture, interior design, and product design. The team at DMAC believes that the future of casino design will be focused on hybrid spaces. “We see a future where amenities and experiences are blurred together, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming floor. This is a shift from the traditional model of clear divisions between gaming, dining, and other amenities,” said MacEwen. “By blending these spaces, we can create a more immersive and engaging environment for guests, while also maximizing the use of the floor space. This is especially important in a post-pandemic world where space efficiency and user experience will be critical.” The company also sees the need for flexible division solutions in the short term. “Physical divisions between gaming positions will be key in complying with social distancing guidelines. We believe that utilizing dividers between machines, alternating machine usage, and increasing hybrid spaces will be the most practical and effective way to adapt to the new normal,” said MacEwen. DMAC Architecture also emphasizes the importance of reimagining food and beverage spaces. “Moving away from traditional buffet setups to more controlled food hall concepts is crucial for ensuring the safety of guests. We believe that this shift will not only enhance the dining experience but also provide a more adaptable and effective space for operators to manage during uncertain times,” said MacEwen. Both firms recognize the challenges that lie ahead for the gaming and hospitality industry but are confident in their ability to provide innovative and effective solutions. As casinos begin reopening their doors, the design and architecture firms are prepared to assist in rethinking and redesigning interior spaces to ensure the safety and well-being of guests while still delivering an engaging and immersive experience. By providing solutions for touchless touchpoints, flexible divisions, and hybrid spaces, these firms are paving the way for the future of casino design in a post-pandemic world.