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Santiago Calatrava unveils grand Denver rail design

Santiago Calatrava unveils grand Denver rail design

World-renowned architect, engineer and artist, Santiago Calatrava has unveiled his preliminary design for Denver International Airport's (DIA) South Terminal Redevelopment Program, and it’s impressive.

The massive project 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," says 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."

DIA is one of the few major airports in the world without a passenger rail link to the downtown city core.

"With the addition of the rail connection to our city core and the hotel, we will be truly competitive with major international airports worldwide,” says Denver manager of aviation, Kim Day. “The design concept integrates the key elements of the redevelopment program, and provides an enhanced passenger experience, while improving the connectivity for passengers and employees alike."

More about Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava's name has been most closely associated with his celebrated designs of bridges and transportation centers built throughout the world. Highlights of his work include designs for: The Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin (2001), the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (2004), the Light Rail Train Bridge in Jerusalem (2007) the Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande in Venice (2008) and the Liege-Guillemins TGV Railway Station in Belgium (2009). He is currently working on a variety of design and construction projects throughout the world including: The World Trade Center Transportation Hub in New York; the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas; the expansion of the Denver International Airport; The Peace Bridge in Calgary; Citta dello Sport, Rectorate and Campus Master Plan for Roma II University in Tor Vergata, Italy and Yuan Zen University in Taiwan.