Studio Gang wins bid for new Chicago O'Hare airport terminal

A team led by Studio Gang founder Jeanne Gang has been named the winner of the bid for the concourse and terminal at Chicago O’Hare airport, beating competition from SOM, Foster + Partners and Santiago Calatrava.

Gang and her competition team Studio ORD were revealed today as the lead architect for the $8.5-billion expansion project for the Chicago O’Hare international airport (ORD).

Studio ORD – which comprises Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, Corgan, Milhouse Engineering and Construction, and STL Architects – were selected by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and a committee.

The team were awarded the project ahead of a number of major firms that shortlist the for O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse in January 2019.

The winning terminal proposal is a Y-shaped scheme that will span 2.25 million square feet (0.2 million square metres). The converging lines would conceal three areas.

“The tripartite design merges terminal and concourse into a single building,” said Studio ORD, adding that the pronged shaped is intended a reference to the city’s unique position along Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

“Every aspect of the design is focused on creating a uniquely Chicago experience,” said Jeanne Gang.

“Like the confluence of the Chicago River, the design’s converging three branches create a central hub that establishes a vibrant new neighbourhood in the heart of O’Hare’s campus,” Studio ORD added.

The pronged layout was also chosen to increase efficiency, wayfinding and connectivity inside the terminal building. Y-shaped columns would support a dynamic roofline, and are to be spaced over 100 feet (30 metres) apart.

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