In 1962 President John F. Kennedy dedicated Washington Dulles International Airport, thus adding a third major airport to the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area. It was named after John Foster Dulles, who was Secretary of Sate in the Eisenhower Administration. The ultra modern design by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen underlined the cosmopolitan character Washington claimed as a capital. Even by today´s standards the grand idea of the main terminal building stands out. Not just cosmopolitan, but futuristic and optimistic, the daylight flooded building seems afloat or ready for take-off when approached from a distance. The seemingly boring world of corporate buildings around the expansive airport terrain, make the terminal an unmistakable landmark for miles around. While it is not the busiest airport in the country, it is surely the most elegant vision of a large air hub. After more than 50 years of operation, it still appears to be an up-to-date facility. An average 11 million annual passengers in recent years, ranks it 23rd busiest by the Federal Aviation Administration.
When approaching, the main building rises like an enormous wing.
The attachment of the gigantic roof seems to be relying on these
slender looking fixations.
The main terminal as seen from A/B terminal.
If one is not too stressed with check-in procedures, there is a chance to
appreciate the architecture from all angles.
Here the catenary curve of the suspended ceiling can be seen.
Due to the permanent state of angst of the enormous american security body, I did not dare to
take pictures with a normal camera. All pictures were taken with a smart phone.
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