MGM National Harbor
Oxon Hill, MD
National Harbor rose out of undeveloped waterfront to become a bustling mini-city located across the Potomac River from the monuments of Washington, DC. The area has nearly 2,000 residents and 7,000 workers at 30 restaurants, 6 hotels and 150 retail stores that draws more than 11 million annual visitors. Adding to the attractions of the Prince George’s County, Maryland location is one of the newest members of the MGM Resorts International family of casino resorts. MGM National Harbor, the 24-story mega-resort, sits on 23 acres and includes 234 guest rooms and 74 suites, a 3,000-seat theater, and more than 27,000 square feet of meeting and convention facilities. MGM National Harbor also brings Las Vegas-style gaming to the Capitol Region with a 125,000-square-foot casino, the biggest casino in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area. Guests and visitors have a wide array of dining options, ranging from restaurants created by world-renowned chefs José Andrés, Marcus Samuelsson, and brothers Bryan and Michael Voltaggio to the diverse offerings at the National Market food hall. In its first year alone, MGM National Harbor had over 6 million visitors making it one of the largest destinations in the county.
The comprehensive environmental graphics and wayfinding sign program designed for the complex drew on the building’s site and modern architecture by HKS Architects and SmithGroupJJR, while making the space welcoming to a wide variety of guests. All of the signs throughout the building feature curves echoing MGM National Harbor’s riverside location. The designers deliberately chose an informal font with no sharp lines to contribute to a sense of approachability and friendliness. Rear illuminated signs aid guests with reading the information in a visually active environment such as the casino. On the exterior of the resort, the iconic MGM lion appears in several highly visible locations, including a large LED monument that welcomes drivers on the highway with a changing array of upcoming events and features.
Overall, the program is a direct extension of the striking architecture and interior design while creating a sense of welcome for guests exploring MGM National Harbor.