January 21, 2013 Leave a comment
It’s been far too long since I’ve written anything here. Mainly because I’ve been busy traveling a lot (In fact, I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Aspen right now), but when I travel, I ride transit and I explore. And when I ride transit and explore cities and towns, I always end up with things to write about.
I spent a week in Washington, D.C. back in December, working on the National Christmas Tree Lighting. It was the first show I’ve ever worked where the production office had a metro map in it so that staff knew how to get around. I had some time to do exploring on my own in the evening or during breaks, so here’s what I thought…
The arrivals level of Dulles Airport is one the best I’ve ever seen. Architecture firm Gensler has promoted the idea of arrivals being on the top level (at most airports, arrivals are below departures) so that you welcome visitors to your city with wider views and a typically nicer atmosphere compared to the loud and cramped pickup areas, under an overhang, you get at most airports. For backend airport operations it’s typically easier to have arrivals on the lower level, but Dulles Airport accomplishes the open, clean, welcome feeling of an upper level, while still actually being on the lower level.
When I first exited the airport, I was amazed and thought I was on top. I could see for miles, above the central parking garages and in the open air. It wasn’t until I followed the entrance road around with my eyes that I realized the departures level actually was above me… but it was also BEHIND me.