Gaylord National: Potomac District Market & Cafe

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design Food Court / Hall
  • Company/Firm
    BLUR Workshop
  • Lead Designer
    Foreman Rogers
  • Other Designer(s)
    Liz Neiswander, Debbie Wong, Ashley Mayer, Jp Mayer
  • Architect
    BLUR Workshop
  • Interior Designer
    BLUR Workshop
  • Hospitality
  • Construction Company
    DF Chase
  • Photo Credit
    Galina Photography
  • Location
    Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor MD
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    Ryman Hospitality

The design inspiration stemmed from the desire to create a space that gave guests the sense of meandering through a French market and having the ability to enjoy the market goods amongst a welcoming atrium seating space. The design transformation is a modern interpretation of a classic French bistro, complete with selectively integrated traditional trim work, beautifully designed stone edge countertop profiles, cool paint tones, custom mosaic tiles, and glass and steel partitions that help break up the space. The custom millwork design was crafted to enclose and hide very industrial looking coolers and food display cases and to create a more tailored look while still allowing easy access for maintenance and operational needs. The addition of overhanging fabric awnings, mimicking French bistro eateries, and intimately placed lighting helps to bring down the scale of the venue, to feel nestled within its context. The project also features a wine and spirits room, an outdoor dining terrace, a sunroom, several ready-to-eat dining options, a self-serve coffee wall as well as an espresso bar that projects into the atrium as the focal point of the experience.