Duluth International Airport

Duluth, Minnesota / United States of America

The replacement terminal for Duluth International Airport creates a dynamic first impression to the port city of Duluth and the region.

The architecture draws inspiration from local forms, materials, and landscaping native to the environment. The design of the landside lobby roof is a metaphor for the waves of Lake Superior. The deep reddish cladding on the service core is symbolic of the steel hulls on ships that navigate the Great Lakes. The striking geometric pattern on the terrazzo floor is an artistic reference to the cracking of lake ice. Natural light bathes the terminal interior to enhance the human experience and as a passive sustainable design feature. The terminal is USGBC registered and currently seeking LEED Silver certification.

An airside hold room features large open spaces bathed in natural light. The core between airside and landside space is a three-story stack of services, offices, baggage facilities and information technology support rendered as an opaque mass. The landside glass pavilion, offers a simple, logical allocation of space for arriving and departing passengers. This pavilion is a sculptural porch and gestural roof that projects the occupant into the larger scale of nature, the Great Lakes, the horizon and sky.

Architect of record

Joe Romano
300 W. Adams, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-526-5015

Associate architect

Dean Johnson
11 East Superior Street, Suite 340
Duluth, MN 55802, USA
Phone: 218-724-8578

Consultant 1

Mark Bednarz
1 South Wacker Drive, 37th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606, USA
Phone: 312-201-7407

Consultant 2

John Campobasso
Kraus Anderson
3716 Oneota Street
Duluth, MN 55807, USA
Phone: 218-722-3775


Steve Bergerson
Bergerson Photography
3349 45th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
Phone: 612-724-0720