skidmoreowingsmerrill The focal point of Denver Union Station, an intermodal transit hub on the edge of the city’s central business district, is the open-air Train Hall. Its design was conceived as an efficient and formally expressive means of sheltering multiple railway tracks. Comprising 11 steel “arch trusses” spanning nearly 180 feet, and clad in tensioned PTFE fabric, the canopy rises 70 feet at either end and descends in a dynamic sweep to 22 feet at the center. This gesture allows the structure to protect the passenger platforms below while providing views of the historic station.

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