I am glad to see Denver moving in the right direction regarding multi modal transportation. Ever since the DIA Westin & Transit Center opened, it’s the only way I go to the airport. I Uber to Union Station, grab a Pig Train Coffee and hop on the train. I just love the whole experience. It's been a total game changer.
The story behind the new hotel and transit center is lengthy and somewhat controversial, too much for this brief post. From a concept and design perspective, its my understanding the vision started with DIA's CEO Kim Day, world transit starchitect Santiago Calatrava entered the picture, drew some sketches, resigned two years and $13m later due to a revised budget, leaving Gensler and Denver based AndersonMasonDale Architects to complete the design.
I think Gensler and AndersonMasonDale did a wonderful job. Many argue the new addition doesn't fit alongside the iconic white tensile peaks Fentress designed. For public architecture, in my opinion, it's best when it gets the community engaged, one way or another.