A vibrant mixed-use project exuding energy and flair, National Harbor occupies 300 acres along a scenic 1.25-mile-long stretch of the Potomac River. Located off of the I-295/I-95 interchange just south of the currently expanding Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge, National Harbor offers stunning views of downtown Washington, D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. Just a 15-minute drive from the heart of the nation’s capital, National Harbor is home to Gaylord Entertainment’s newest creation, Gaylord National. Opened in early 2008, Gaylord National boasts 1,500 luxurious hotel accommodations and a 400,000-square-foot convention center along with the first phase of development. This initial phase includes a blend of street-level retail, dining and entertainment options along with office, hospitality and residential components to create an authentic urban waterfront community.
Designed to evoke an atmosphere reminiscent of Georgetown, Annapolis and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the first phase includes approximately 320,000 square feet of retail/dining/entertainment, 2,500 residential units, 150,000 square feet of loft office, 250 timeshare/vacation units, a 200-room luxury hotel and an additional 400 traditional hotel rooms. Classically derived and inspired by broad European streets like Barcelona’s Las Ramblas, the avenue, a pedestrian/vehicular boulevard with a central island of kiosks, cafes and bustling pedestrian activity, opens onto a large open waterside plaza. Riverfront marina space features a section of beach and two 700-foot long piers with a canopied pavilion. A graphics/media tower enlivens a beachfront lined with restaurants, cafes, boutique retail options and a waterfront promenade.
National Harbor offers an eclectic mix of architectural styles; a contemporary interpretation complementing the traditional Washington D.C. architectural ethos. That D.C. connection, along with a planned metro stop, a new water taxi service on the Potomac River, a new Washington Beltway interchange and bridge, anchored by Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center makes National Harbor an integral part of an energized and developing Washington D.C. community.
Design completed while Senior Partners at DDG.