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Design for New Chicago O'Hare Terminal Chosen

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Design for New Chicago O'Hare Terminal Chosen

Peter Smisek

29 March 2019

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FOLLOWING an architectural competition which saw the likes of Foster + Partners, SOM and Santiago Calatrava submit proposals for the re-building of the second terminal of Chicago O'Hare Airport in January 2019, the city's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a committee has chosen a winner.

The winning proposal was submitted by Studio ORD, which comprises American practices Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, Milhouse Engineering and Construction, and STL Architects.

Above: The design of the new terminal has a curved, triangular layout (image courtesy of Studio ORD).

Designed to follow a triangular, pronged layout, the new terminal will contain 2.25 million square feet (200,000 square metres) of space, while also being an easily navigable, efficient environment for passengers.

Above: The new terminal will feature a glazed roof to bring in natural light (image courtesy of Studio ORD).

Called the Global Terminal, it will also feature a glazed roof, which will allow natural light to fill the space, as well as trees planted along its main concourse.

Above: The new Global Terminal is part of a larger project to update the third busiest airport in the US (image courtesy of Studio ORD).

The project is expected to break ground in 2023 and complete in 2028, costing an estimated USD $2.2 billion.

It is part of an USD $8.5 billion effort to regenerate the airport, the third busiest in the US. 

Above: One of the runners-up will get a chance to design a pair of satellite concourses elsewhere (image courtesy of Foster Epstein Moreno Joint Venture Partners).

Despite the commission for the new terminal building going to Studio ORD, the committee is expected to select a runner-up, which will get a chance to design a pair of satellite concourses for Terminal 1.

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