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|Location||Chantilly, Virginia map|
|Date||1958 to 1962 timeline|
|Building Type||airline terminal|
|Notes||...and Associates. Swooping roof gives an expression of flight.|
|Discussion||Dulles Airport Commentary
"Set on a huge (10,000 acre), flat site, this is a highly distinctive building with colonnades of tipped and tapered columns on its two long facades, a gracefully curving roof hung between them, and a pagoda-like control tower nearby. Mobile lounges are used to carry passengers from the terminal to their planes."
from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p116.
"At Dulles, Saarinen had a unique series of problems: he was designing a complete new airport, providing a modern gateway to the capital of the nation and building it for the Federal Government. The site was a flat plain. The main terminus is a single, compact structure, not entirely free from formalist tendencies but one which is technically exciting. The final design concept arrived at was a suspended structure, 'high at the front, lower in the middle, slightly higher at the back', generated by a rectangular plan. The building is thus capable of lateral extension."
Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p252.
American Institute of Architects 25 Year Award, 1988
Sources on Dulles Airport
Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1841.026
Yukio Futagawa, ed. Global Architecture: TWA Terminal Building, Kennedy Airport, New York, and Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia. Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita Tokyo, 1973. plan, p45.
Toshio Nakamura, ed. Architecture and Urbanism Extra Edition: Eero Saarinen. A + U E8404, April, 1984. Tokyo: A + U Publishing Co. p146. drawing of section perspective, p155. color photo of interior, p156. color photo of exterior, p148.
Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen On His Work. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1968. section drawing, p108.
William S. Saunders. Modern ArchitecturePhotographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior detail photo, p119. evening view from distance, p151. A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by a true master of architectural photography.
Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. distant photo, f305, p381. An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.
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