- O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois| 2001
- Type: Aviation Transportation
- Client City of Chicago
- Concept: “Wing Span” Structure
- Collaboration as part of T6 Partners
Terminal 6 was the first new terminal to be designed in the post-9/11 era with America’s stringent new security requirements. The team had to address the core issue for airports in the post-9/11 era: reconciling security with the needs of travelers. Consequently, the landside areas of the terminal required more “breathing room” for queuing passengers and visitors waiting to meet people from arriving flights. The site for Terminal 6 has a built-in height limit due to it’s runway alignment. To overcome this constraint, T6’s roof is designed to let in light and give a sense of volume as it’s “wings” extend from it’s articulated spine. To maximize flexibility, functional elements are independent of the enclosing structure. The spine will guide passengers from ticketing through security to their holdrooms and gates. It also frames the view of the downtown skyline, reinforcing the main concessions area’s Chicago theme.