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MGM National Harbor offers a sophisticated architectural approach that addresses the local area's significant geographical and cultural history. The design is influenced by the natural topography of the dynamic Maryland site, the iconic nature of nearby national monuments, and their interactions with residents and visitors in this vibrant travel corridor. The piercing verticality of the streamlined high-rise hotel rises from a resort pedestal and is precisely positioned to maximize sightlines to Washington, D.C. and the Maryland countryside.
MGM National Harbor's siting and internal organization take inspiration from Pierre Charles L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the then brand-new city of Washington, D.C. This influence is most readily seen in the form of the equatorial skylight that runs the length of the roof between the outdoor terrace and the hotel tower and conservatory. During the day, this feature allows refreshing natural light to filter into the resort below; at night, interior illumination spills out, allowing the edges of the roof to dramatically glow.
The resort design operates at multiple scales, but nowhere is this more evident than at the guest's arrival experience; from the grand and instant recognizability of the stair-stepped pedestal, the vastness of the 18-story glass-walled tower, to the intimacy produced by the luxuriously planted southern deck. The many elegant design elements hint at the excitement and possibilities that await. Like chapters in a novel, each destination within the resort - from a star chef's restaurant to the rejuvenating spa to the high-end retail - is designed to provide a sense of discovery, elegance, and timelessness.
Anchoring one end of the National Harbor mixed-use development, the resort is set on a pedestal, designed to evoke the plinth of a grand monument. Terraced into the landscape to incorporate a ninety-foot elevation change, the eye moves gracefully from harbor level to the top of the plinth, creating a sense of respectful monumentality. The pedestal serves a dual purpose as it incorporates and conceals a seven-story parking garage. Spanning above the resort, connecting the hotel to the outdoor terrace is a sweeping roof that appears to float over the glass-walled spaces below.