DIA Peña Boulevard
The landscape design concept for Peña Boulevard is based on the primary objective of creating a strong identity for the boulevard and the Airport itself. This identity is derived from the two strongest visual elements of the site: the stunning, brilliant-white architecture of Jeppesen Terminal and the majesty of the seemingly endless rolling plain of Denver ’s high desert landscape.
The proposal, in plan, is a double-ended parti where two major sculpted landforms, functioning as entry statements at both the Jeppesen Terminal and the E- 470 Interchange, are linked by the linear expression of Peña Boulevard. The concept was generated from a close analysis of wind patterns across the site and the necessary use of snow fencing to help mitigate the immediate environment of Peña Boulevard. Although the existing snow fences were not originally planned and have resulted from the need for environmental mitigation, and although they were constructed of materials which are not permanent, they are, nonetheless, very prominent structures in this visually fragile and vulnerable environment.
Additionally, the Airport is committed to the continuation of building these structures in the future as development moves along Peña Boulevard. Along with their ability to mediate the environment, the walls also provide a language to accomplish the screening of unsightly developments along Peña Boulevard – a strong objective of the client. Through these walls, multiple objectives are rolled into one simple, elegant solution.
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