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Designs for Chicago airport's £6.5bn terminal revealed

The final design for the £6.5bn ($8.5bn) revamping of Chicago O’Hare Airport’s second terminal has been unveiled.

Chicago-based firm Studio Gang Architects is responsible for the winning design which was voted for by the public over four other finalists in January.

Studio Gang Architects collaborated with firms including Solomon Cordwell Buenz and Milhouse Engineering & Construction to produce a Y-shaped design that converges on a central hall.

The design also incorporates several green spaces and indoor trees in what has been billed as a tribute to the airport’s original name, Orchard Field.

The designs to miss out include one by Skidmore Owings & Merrill and another by Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish architect/engineer who designed the transportation hub for the World Trade Centre in New York.

Other finalists included JVs between Fentress Architects, EXP, Brook and Garza; and Foster & Partners, Epstein and JGMA.

Work on the terminal is set to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2028.

Chicago O’Hare Airport is the fourth busiest mega-hub in the world and handled 83.4M passengers in 2018. The redesign of the airport’s second terminal, which will become its global terminal, will occur as part of the O’Hare 21 project.

The O’Hare 21 project includes the revamping of Terminal 2 at the airport and the expansion of Terminal 5 and renovations to Terminals 1 and 3.

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