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Today, HKS celebrates the opening of MGM National Harbor, a new $1.4 billion entertainment destination located on the Potomac River in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Encompassing more than 1.7 million square feet, MGM National Harbor features a 24-story hotel; more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space; 15 dining options, including three celebrity chef restaurants; 18,000 square feet of high-end retail; a 3,000-seat theater; a 27,000 square-foot destination spa; and 50,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. HKS led the overall design and planning for the entire project.
"In addition to being a premier entertainment destination – visitors to the Capital Region and local residents now have a world-class gaming experience at their footsteps – MGM National Harbor is a striking landmark and gateway to Maryland,” said HKS Principal and Design Director Eddie Abeyta, AIA, LEED AP, who led the design team. “We were inspired by the site’s high-profile hilltop and waterfront location where Maryland, the District of Columbia and Virginia all come together, and we sought to design a monumental landmark that the community can be proud of.”
MGM National Harbor also draws inspiration from the strength and timeless qualities of the capital’s architectural legacy. A preference for “white architecture” was established to respect the marble structures in the District, and the vision called for a landmark tower inspired by the Washington Monument.
In addition, precedents established by the District’s historic urban plans – the 1791 L’Enfant Plan and the 1901 McMillan Plan – were interpreted as organizing devices that give meaning to the architecture. For example, MGM National Harbor is organized along a central spine – like the National Mall – connecting one sequence of guest experiences to the next. Guests enter the property through an oval conservatory – like many of D.C.’s circular parks – that is both a focal point and a means to access other parts of the building.
“Due to MGM National Harbor’s high visibility and nearby proximity to the capital, our architectural vision embodies a modern, bold and progressive design, while respecting the traditions of the District’s architecture and sense of place,” Abeyta added.
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HKS is a team of more than 1,300 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.
HKS’ hospitality practice specializes in the design of sophisticated urban hotels, unique destination resorts and luxurious spas, entertainment, gaming and convention hotels, boutique properties and world-class golf clubhouses and is consistently ranked among the top in the world.
For more information, contact Julie Obiala at firstname.lastname@example.org.