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MGM National Harbor Hotel

  • Prize
    Winner in Hotel Design
  • Company/Firm
    Studio GAIA
  • Designer
    Ilan Waisbrod
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    Yuni Rozita, Maral Sarisozan, Bilal Tatar, Sylvia Pawlowsky, Junho Choi, Min Kang
  • Other Credit
    Margaret Boozer
  • Photo Credit
    Tracey Brown
  • Location
    National Harbor, MD, USA
  • Project Date
    2016
  • Client
    MGM Resorts
  • Project Link
  • Web URL

MGM reflects the natural environment of its location. Sitting at waterfront, we created a tranquil experience inspired by the essence of Maryland. Incorporating fine details such as an earth-excavated illustrated map, white oak finishes, and robust architectural features, we designed a hotel that spoke to the people of Maryland while prioritizing sustainability with a GOLD LEED certification.

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a thirty foot hand blown glass and bronze cascading chandelier setting the ambience of the hotel lobby. Collaborating with local artist, Margaret Boozer, we commissioned an illustrated map of National Harbor made from the land of Maryland itself, positioned directly behind the front desk. Cherry blossoms can be seen throughout the hotel, extending into the elevator interiors and guestrooms paying homage to the famed cherry blossom season of Maryland and D.C. Floor to ceiling windows further assist the integration between the indoor and outdoor elements of National Harbor, giving guests an unparalleled view of historic landmarks including the Capitol, National Monument, and the Potomac River.

Bio
Studio GAIA is an award-winning architecture and interior design firm based in NYC.

Studio GAIA has become one of the most highly sought-after design firms for interior architecture. Studio GAIA carries an innovative language and design sensibility, along with a unique brand of custom furniture, which populate nearly all of Studio GAIA's projects.

The New York studio is led by Ilan Waisbrod, a designer, thinker and visionary. With an international interdisciplinary team of architects, designers and artists, he has created innovative design solutions for 50+ notable projects in 15+ countries.

Other prizes
W Bogotá (2015) -IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America & The Caribbean Award: Best Hotel Design for Public Spaces; Best Hotel Design for Entire Property -Interior Design Magazine: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design -Honoring Industry People (HIP) Awards:Design Leader Hospitality Honoree; Best Suite Winner; Best Upscale Hotel Finalist; Best Upscale Lobby Finalist; Best Upscale Guest Room Finalist -Travel Weekly Magellan Award: Standard Room Design Winner Cramim Resort & Spa Hotel, Kiryat Anavim, Israel (2014) -Interior Design Magazine: Best of the Year Award Winner; Best Spa Design Award Finalist The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, Israel (2014) -Interior Design Magazine: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Timeshare/Fractional Award Finalist?-International Property Awards: Best Residential Development in Israel Award Winner Dongtan Jeil Women’s Hospital, Seoul, South Korea (2011) -Interior Design Magazine: Best of the Year Award Winner; Best Healthcare Design Award Winner Pompano Restaurant, Doha, Qatar (2011) -Restaurant and Bar Design Awards Shortlist TAO Restaurant and Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV (2006) -Perspective Design Recognition Awards: Best Restaurant Interior Award Winner -Hospitality Design Awards: Best Night Club, Bar, and Lounge Winner -Club World Awards: Best New Club and Best Interior Design Winner Busan Paradise Hotel, South Korea (2006) -Interior Design Magazine: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Suite Design Finalist; Best Guestroom Design Finalist W Seoul Walkerhill (2005) -Interior Design Magazine: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Lobby/Reception Area Award Winner; Best Lounge/Bar Award Winner; Best Guestroom Award Winner; Best Hotel Design Finalist; Best Hospitality Space Award Winner W Mexico City (2004) -Interior Design Magazine: Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design; Best Hotel Design Winner; Outstanding Restaurant Design Winner