The Calatrava team’s conceptual design has a train station, glass-walled hotel and open-air plaza to complement the existing airport’s iconic white tents. Another architecture firm is handling specific designs for the hotel, which has been in the airport’s plans for more than a decade. Included in the estimated $650 million build-out is a Calatrava-style arced, white bridge about 1.5 miles from the airport to carry passengers on a proposed train line from downtown Denver. The bridge would cross Pena Boulevard before heading on a course parallel to the airport’s runways and then taking a 90-degree turn into the airport.
“We are bringing the airport closer to the city and bringing the city to the airport,” Calatrava said.