One day this spring, I received a surprise call from my brother as he was transferring through Denver.
“Denver is now my favorite airport,” he said to me, excitedly.
When I asked why, my brother raved about the lounge-style seating at his gate and, better yet, on the nearby patio, where he planned to head shortly to enjoy fresh air.
At that time, I’d yet to see that new four-gate section of Denver Airport’s Concourse B. But when I did go there a few weeks later, I noted to myself that my brother hadn’t even mentioned the fire pits or the tarmac views.
In this week’s cover story, I wrote about trends in airport architecture and design. And happily, the inclusion of more outdoor spaces is just one of the strong themes that emerged as airport planners, architects and administrators eagerly told me about their efforts to evolve customer comfort.
Luis Vidal, who is co-designer of the Pittsburgh Airport terminal that is under construction, explained the lengths airport…