santiago calatrava: denver international airport
santiago calatrava: denver international airport
jul 30, 2010

santiago calatrava: denver international airport

denver international airport’s – south terminal redevelopment program by santiago calatrava all images courtesy santiago calatrava, LLC




spanish architect santiago calatrava has just unveiled his preliminary designs for denver international airport’s (DIA) south terminal redevelopment program.  the concept for the redevelopment, will not only enhance the airport‘s connectivity and functionality, but is also expected to create more than 6,600 jobs. 


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santiago calatrava‘s project, one of the largest in the country, includes the construction of a signature rail bridge, a terminal train station, a 500-room hotel and conference center and a multi-function civic plaza complete with retail and concessions.  the rail station, plaza and hotel will form a highly integrated and dynamic complex, located directly south of the jeppeson terminal.


‘my goal in designing a train station adjacent to such an iconic structure as the jeppeson terminal has been to complement it with a design of independent identity and equal quality,’ said calatrava. ‘it is my sincere hope that the vision expressed in this proposal not only respects and complements the existing architecture, but enables denver international airport to continue to serve as a landmark for centuries to come.’





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denver international airport is currently one of the few major airports in the world without a passenger rail link to the downtown city core. to provide local, regional, national and international customers  with a modern transportation hub that is more efficient and comfortable, calatrava and dia are collaborating with rtd to provide a signature bridge and terminal station as part of the new commuter rail service between dia and downtown denver’s union station. completion of the bridge and station are currently scheduled for 2015. 




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 as denver international airport continues to expand its role as an economic engine for the city and county of denver and the state of colorado it will transform into a micro-city, with increased revenue potential. the new hotel and conference center are key components of this new development, along with a civic plaza that provides restaurants and commercial retail, as well as space for special programs including exhibitions, art fairs and other special events.



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calatrava’s concept for the south terminal redevelopment program is the first phase of a planned enhancement of denver international airport and is already asserting itself as an icon for 21st century airport design.

  • OMG so dreamy… i love it. does denver deserve it? 🙂

    milagre says:
  • it is dreamy… and Denver does deserve it!

    jgarrick_denver says:
  • oh my god.. this is the worst calatrava design ever…

    an architect says:
  • Generally architects are getting better with the time, but by calatrava it’s totally clear that he get’s even worse with the time.

    nombre says:
  • Breathtaking! A perfect way to blend the lightrail and the current airport.

    displaced_denverite says:
  • tsk…tsk…tsk….santiago che cavolo fai?? very disappointing.

    pi.effe says:
  • monstrosity. are we entering into the underground lair of the dreaded fairy unicorn posse? there is no human scale relation at all. bad.

    justin says:
  • oh my god.. this is the worst calatrava design ever…
    an architect 07.30.10

    IT IS!!!!!

    another architect says:
  • Wow. I guess I expected more. How does Fentress Bradburn Architects feel about the hotel blocking the view of thier airport design?

    Colorado LA says:
  • I quite like the structure’s posterior form and how it mimics the mountainous landscape of its surrounding environment.

    nice says:
  • denver is a HORRIBLE airport, customes is confusing and demeaning!

    philosopherkingtomas says:
  • Another reason why I love Caltrava… Hopefully the flow inside the building is smooth…

    Ajay says:
  • oh my god…I’m just a student of Architecture and I will dare saying that this NOT cool AT ALL !! It’s like if they wanted to make sth really big to impress and nothing more…

    M.Leo says:
  • Looks like whale baleen. From a strictly design viewpoint, I think it’s kind of blocky/clunky and will date fast.

    Esri Rose says:
  • ¿¿Calatravada???

    Diego says:
  • the existing denver airport looks like many pairs of stretched briefs put together!! this building looks a million times better!

    Tim says:
  • Now it’s kind of growing on me. I hope the covered civic plaza will be warm enough during the winter. This is Colorado, after all.

    Esri Rose says:
  • The rendered images don’t do a great deal for the project (taken from what you would call a fat angle) but that last shot of the model shows a bit more of calatrava’s signature–his organic armature.

    danny boy says:
  • Looks good. Build it.

    dd says:
  • All the works of calatrava were gorgeous.I really love it.looks pretty good.

    gimvy says:

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