Gensler has expanded and modernized Colorado's Eagle County Regional Airport to create more modern and homely interiors for public areas
< span class="article-info__item" data-v-7b268268>June 1, 2020
Eagle County Regional Airport is a small airport in Vail, Colorado that handles domestic flights to the ski resort. Due to the growth in the flow of passengers, a recent modernization was carried out here, expanding the complex and adding a new two-story extension to the existing building built in 1996. The renovation, by international architecture firm Gensler and construction contractor Hensel Phelps, has expanded the airport to 65,000 square feet.
“The airport needed to be upgraded to meet both operational needs and usability,” the authors of the project say. — “The Lounge was too crowded, especially during the peak of the winter season when flights were often canceled due to inclement weather.”
The gabled roof extension features an open floor plan and panoramic windows providing beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains. Vertical beams support the metal roof. The linear layout includes waiting areas and gates on one side, and shops hidden in the back of the building. The form of the building corresponds to the functions of the project and at the same time resembles the local architecture in the style of “barnhouse”. “The design is inspired by the area's rustic architecture, using simple materials and subdued natural tones,” the designers say. “/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/02ea99998eadda3272429dc238bc683e.jpg” width=”728″ height=”445″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-371a4ab7=”1″ alt=”New design airport in Colorado (photo 8)” />
At the disposal of visitors to the new terminal there are several lounge areas, a bar, a restaurant, and toilet rooms. There are also six new gates with two cargo gates on the lower level and four on the upper level, equipped with new ladders for servicing arriving and departing passengers. In the interiors, natural wood (maple) is combined with black steel and polished concrete floors.
In interior design, the designers sought to create a chamber, homely atmosphere so that the space turned out to be modern and at the same time more like a house than an airport. On the ground floor there is a living area with two fireplaces, easy chairs and a bar area.