The powerful and beautiful Dulles Airport

Eero Saarinen was an architect who was also trained as a sculptor and it shows in his best buildings such as Dulles Airport and Yale’s Ice Skating Rink.  But people have to ride the mobile lounges back from the planes and they hate that and therefore hate Dulles.  They have no way of knowing how much Saarinen’s mobile lounges were an improvement over the buses previously used at airports, nor do travelers know of the airlines’ efforts to sabotage Dulles through inconvenient scheduling.

The sweep of the Dulles roof, the columns pushing through the roof, and then grabbing the lip of the roof conveys power and tension, and the sense of jet travel.

President Kennedy dedicated the airport in 1962, the next year he was assassinated, two years after Saarinen died at  age 51.ImageImageImageImage .

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