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Dulles International Airport - A Closer Look

Eero Saarinen brought a sensuous, curvaceous aesthetic to modernism. Click on the icons to learn more.

Wing-shaped Roof

The wing-like curve of the roof is suggestive of flight; it defies gravity with its uplifting and theatrical form.


Saarinen adapted a familiar form – the classical colonnade – for Dulles’s modernist façade.

Glass Around Building

Held up by steel and concrete, the massive expanses of windows reflect (and invite into the interior) the sky and clouds, again reminding us that this building is about flight.

Dulles International Airport - A Closer Look