The public is divided over the new hotel and transit center
at the Denver International Airport, an architectural icon that opened 20 years
ago. Some are glad that the project is finally finished, while others are mad that the new addition will block views of the beloved main terminal, Jeppesen. In fact, Gensler’s cost-effective, distinctive design for the addition, particularly its dark glass façade, puts it in contrast with Jeppesen with its white fabric roof.
The Denver Post fine art critic Ray Mark Rinaldi thinks that the critics should move on. At least the airport didn't stick with its original architect, Santiago Calatrava, FAIA.
“If DIA lives up to its promises and makes it a lively destination, even the biggest Jeppesen fan will forgive its design for bypassing the only bit of context within five miles, for ignoring Denver's only internationally recognized building,” Rinaldi writes in The Denver Post. “A truly public plaza would make the moving on — that we all must do — a lot easier.”
Read the full review on The Denver Post.
Check out Karrie Jacobs’ take on the DIA addition.
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