South Terminal at DIA

Interesting to see in this video what the proposed South Terminal Project at DIA might look like. The new train terminal and hotel will cap a much-needed connection from the airport to Union Station in downtown Denver. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, this video shows little of the existing airport terminal “tepee village” which begs the question of how the old and new forms will relate.

A recent Denver Post article reveals that the South Terminal Project has been scaled back a bit. Budget concerns have reduced the structure’s volume by 30%, which may be a good thing. The first thing that struck me about Calatrava’s design is the sheer mass of the project, which will be exaggerated by the lightness of the horizontally stretched roof lines of the existing main terminal. I think most residents of Denver will be so excited to have a Fastrak connection from downtown to the airport that few will complain about the appearance of the terminal. Yeah right!

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