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Washington Dulles International Airport

Mid-century icon meets 21st century PaxEx

Washington Dulles International Airport features an Eero Saarinen-designed terminal building, juxtaposed against two contemporary midfield concourses.  Our challenge was to develop a state-of-the-art wayfinding system that adapts to the needs of travelers today and tomorrow–all while celebrating the airport’s iconic heritage.

We drew inspiration from the terminal’s mid-century architecture, industrial design, and typography. Our signage design integrates seamlessly into both the timeless, historic terminal and the contemporary concourses alike. The signs introduced efficient, long-lifespan LED lighting.

Mijksenaar-formulated wayfinding strategy and information design ensure that travelers can always find their way.

 

 

 

Client
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Location
Dulles, VA, USA

Timeline
2005–2010

Washington Dulles - Mijksenaar

Butterfly style terminal signs referring to Saarinen’s heritage

Washington Dulles - Mijksenaar

The Airport Transit Map illustrates inter-concourse transportation options, including a newly-opened underground people mover.