O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse Design Competition

O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse Design Competition

  • Team: Corgan, Studio Gang, Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Milhouse Engineering, and STLArchitects
  • $8.5 Billion Expansion
Studio ORD’s design for the new O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse celebrates Chicago’s rich history as a city shaped by lines of movement. The tripartite design merges terminal and concourse into a single building. A dramatic Oculus welcomes visitors under a six-pointed glass skylight. Surrounding the Oculus is a pleated roof of long-span steel trusses. When seen from above, the building’s form greets passengers with an easily recognizable, distinctly Chicago icon: the city’s “Y symbol,” or Chicago’s municipal device, that represents the tree branches along the Chicago River. Beneath the Oculus, the Central Green is a flexible space that can support pop-up events, music, and informal gathering. The greenery extends through the terminal’s three branches, framing boulevards of restaurants, shops, and retail that together evoke the liveliness of Chicago. A light-filled Mezzanine above the concourse houses ticketing and security for departing passengers. It offers expansive views of the airfield beyond and of the neighborhood and gates below, helping to orient passengers.


The modern airport is a self-contained city. Passengers demand exceptional experiences from approach to departure. Owners and airlines face the growing challenge of balancing real-world constraints of function, constructability, and value while building memorable and positive brand equity.

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We understand scheduling, capacity, material selection and operational challenges. We facilitate consensus across all interested parties to achieve a long-term design solution. The need for uninterrupted operations is unquestionable.