The exterior was designed by Rafael Vinoly of RV Architecture LLC. The interior planning, architecture and design was by BBGM's New York office under Tony Machado's lead. Janie Horas was the Project Manager for Gensler. The Architect of Record ("AOR") was Leo A. Daly, with Lamberto Smigliani as Project Manager, while the Detroit-based firm Hamilton Anderson Associates was the AOR for the interior guest rooms. Peter Schroeder of Tishman Construction Corporation served as Senior Project Manager and Rick Lorimer was the Project Manager for Perini Building Company, the project's General Contractor. The Vdara was the first tower at CityCenter, and opened on December 1, 2009.The Vdara was the first of the six high-rises in the project to be topped out, on May 14, 2008.
The Vdara towers 57 stories above the Las Vegas Strip. All 1,495 hotel suites feature a gourmet kitchen, and many suites have a washer and dryer. The Vdara is one of the new generation properties on the Strip that has no theme and was built strictly as a luxury resort destination. It also contains no gambling casino, though some of the most famous casinos in the world are within a block or two of the entrance.
The name "Vdara" was thought up by the property’s original designers, according to Tara Russell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Vdara. The "V" stands for "Vegas" and "ara" is meant to evoke other established high-end boutique hotels, such as the Aviara or Vicara.