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  • New Guest Room and Resort design for MGM National Harbor

    Daniel Fountain
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    Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the MGM National Harbor sits on the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland, just a short distance from Washington, D.C. The 308-room resort is expected to feature premier amenities and experiences including a casino; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theatre with 3,000 transformable seats; 18,000 square feet of branded retail; 27,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local and national chefs.Designed with sustainability in mind, MGM National Harbor includes extensive use of natural light, LED lighting and water-saving fixtures to achieve its U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold certification.

    A focus on blending the resort’s surrounding location with functional design can be found throughout the interior design scheme, using natural materials to create simple, yet elegant, spaces. The design on this project is down to Studio GAIA who have worked on other luxury projects such as the W Hotel Bogota.

    The 234 guest rooms will feature light-coloured wood and monochromatic earth tones; floor-to-ceiling windows; functional desk space and seating along the window wall. Rooms are spacious at 400-square-foot and the 74 suites range in size from 600 – 2,000 square feet, up to the luxurious 3,600-square-foot Presidential Suite.

    Energy-saving technology, such as motion sensors in the each room, will automatically adjust temperature and lighting to save energy when guests are not present and will resume the guests’ preferences upon return.

    Bathrooms are styled with subtle references to that of a yacht’s interior. The shower becomes a focal feature of the space as it radiates a subtle opaque white light. Guest bathrooms will integrate sustainable features including LED lighting in the oversized mirrors as well as custom polished chrome low-flow, water-saving fixtures.

    Just outside each bathroom, a distinctive piece of artwork inspired by the historic Washington, D.C. region will add to the overall ambiance of the room.

    Daniel Fountain / 11.08.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs

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