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Architect Eero Saarinen
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Location Chantilly, Virginia   map
Date 1958 to 1962   timeline
Building Type airline terminal
 Construction System concrete
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern
Notes ...and Associates. Swooping roof gives an expression of flight.


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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 Architecture—Photographs 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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