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Santiago Calatrava’s Vision for DIA

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On its face, the South Terminal Redevelopment Program doesn’t sound incredibly intriguing. But the $650 million in planned construction at Denver International Airport—which will bring thousands of jobs, a commuter rail station, a hotel, and a public plaza—also touts the artistic touches of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who embraces the airport’s white, tent-like roofing. Calatrava (pictured) tells The Denver Post that his aim for the new south-terminal complex is “to create a dialogue between the two buildings in a complementary basis to respect the iconic view of the tent,” originally designed by Denver architect Curt Fentress. Art Daily points out that the project will be financed primarily by General Airport Revenue Bonds that will be repaid with airport revenues. “With the addition of the rail connection to our city core and the terminal hotel, we will truly be competitive with major international airports worldwide,” says Denver manager of aviation Kim Day. “The design complements the existing iconic architecture and provides an enhanced passenger experience, while improving the connectivity for passengers and employees alike.”

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