Eero Saarinen's Washington Dulles

Eero Saarinen designed this beautiful public space, the original entrance, ticketing and checkin hall of Washington Dulles International Airport.  Gentle curves "suggestive of wings and flight" greet viewers from both inside and outside the building.

The original design relied on mobile lounges ("moonbuggies") to bring passengers to and from parked airplanes.  This concept didn't scale with the traffic growth seen by the airport, and conventional fixed terminals with jetways were built.  The moonbuggies still ferry passengers between concourses, at least until the train project is finished.


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