DIA is graphed to be “the fifth busiest airport in the US” and “#20th busiest airport in the world”, serving tones of people at a time. It has been ranked by Skytrax as one of “the best airport in the world (stated as #29th best airport in the world and #1 in the US)”and has also been names as "Best Regional Airport in North America" for 2017, and the fourth "Best Regional Airport in the World.". It has been voted as “best airport in the North-America” by Business Traveler Magazine six times in a row (2005-2010) and “ America’s best run airport” by Times magazine.
Architecture, Aesthetics and Art - Words diminishing the world in the name of DIA:
The peaked roof reflects the snowy capped mountains and often referred to the history of tepee culture. This airport was started by Perez Architects and was completed by Fentress Bradburn Architects. The steel cable system, similar to the Brooklyn Bridge design, supports the peaked roof. The pedestrian bridge connecting the terminal to Concourse A at the DIA allows the travelers to enjoy the planes lining beneath them and also views of the Rocky Mountains to the plains from the West to the high eastern plains. Thought the automatic baggage system was believed to be a big hit before its start, but it was an unmitigated failure.
Historians believe that DIA has evolved to be the most decorated piece of art. Starting from the Blue Mustang, the 32 feet (9.8 m) tall is a bright blue cast-fiberglass sculpture with glowing red eyes designed originally by Luis Jimenez and completed by others. The art drawn on the pavement and on the walls and the gargoyles at the baggage claim, every part of the airport leaves the passengers awestruck. The airport also features a bronze statue of astronaut, Jack Swigert, who flew on Apollo 13 as Command Module Pilot, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982, but died of cancer before he could oath in. The statue is dressed in an A7L pressure suit, and is posed holding a gold-plated helmet. The statue is a piece duplicated by DIA from the statue placed at capitol building.
Concourses are used by people mover, with four train stations and 31 vehicles helping people move from the main terminals to another. The Airport currently has four solar arrays on its property, converting sunlight into electricity providing the airport with 16million kilowatts annually.
Curators of DIA :
The signature DIA profile was first hand-sketched by Design Director “Curtis W. Fentress’ where the mayor Federico Peña desired it to look like the “Sydney Opera House”.
With the construction of DIA, Denver was determined to build an airport that could be easily expanded over the next 50 years to eliminate many of the problems that had plagued Stapleton International Airport. This was achieved by designing an easily expandable midfield terminal and concourses, creating one of the most efficient airfields in the world.
At 33,531 acres DIA is by far the largest land area commercial airport in the United States. The 100m control tower is one of the tallest in the Northern-States. The airfield is arranged in a pinwheel formation connecting with the concourses and with the midfield terminal. This layout allows independent flow of aircraft, making it less chaotic. Additional runways can be added as needed, up to a maximum of 12 runways. Denver currently has four north/south runways and two east/west runways. DIA's sixth runway is the longest commercial precision-instrument runway in North America when Compared to other DIA runways, the extra 4,000-foot length allows fully loaded jumbo jets to take off, thereby providing unrestricted global access for any airline. The midfield concourses allow passengers to be screened in a central location efficiently and then transported via the underground people mover to three different passenger concourses and moreover the Concourses B and C are not connected by any kind of walkway; they are only accessible via train. However, Concourses A and C can be extended to equal the length of Concourse B. Once this expansion is exhausted, space has been reserved for four future Concourses: D and E and East and West by extending the train.
There are plenty of things that can’t be explained in just a line or two as there are such beautifully architected places that you shall believe only if you see it.