Studio GAIA designs MGM National Harbor

MGM Resorts International announced the scheduled opening in the second half of 2016 of the MGM National Harbor. Located on the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., the 308-room resort will have a casino, spa and salon, entertainment theater with 3,000 transformable seats, 18,000 square feet of retail, 27,000 square feet of meeting space and restaurants.

Studio GAIA is working on the design of the property.

For sustainability, MGM National Harbor will make use of natural light, LED lighting and water-saving fixtures to achieve its US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold certification.


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The 234 guestrooms will have wood and monochromatic earth tones, floor-to-ceiling windows, desk space and seating along the window wall. Rooms will measure from 400 square feet, while the 74 suites will range in size from 600 square feet to 2,000 square feet. The Presidential Suite will measure 3,600 square feet.

Bathrooms will be styled with references to that of a yacht’s interior. The shower will have opaque white light. Guest bathrooms will integrate sustainable features including LED lighting in the oversized mirrors, as well as water-saving fixtures. Dual vanity sinks will be set within a black countertop.

Just outside each bathroom, a piece of artwork inspired by the historic Washington, D.C. region will be available.

Bill Boasberg will be the GM of MGM National Harbor.