Muller2 Conceives a New Security Checkpoint at Chicago Midway International Airport in Line with Major Expansion
2021 Best of Year winner for Transportation – Large
For travelers, an airport is a gateway to a new place. That’s something Muller2 held in mind when conceiving a new security checkpoint at Chicago Midway International Airport as part of a major expansion project. It sits atop a new bridge structure that spans Cicero Avenue, widened from 50 to 400 feet to accommodate ever-increasing passenger traffic, that holds an 80,000-square-foot TSA security pavilion, plus another 18,000 square feet for concessions. The design even makes room for screening technologies that, while not currently in use, may be added in the future.
In pedestrian tunnels connecting landside to airside, embedded lighting has a futuristic feel that furthers the idea of a portal to another destination. Farther in, the main waiting area has plentiful sun thanks to a clerestory window wall just below the sculpted ribs of the cathedral ceiling. It’s an example of how glazing was used only where it would have maximum effect throughout the mostly solid envelope, letting in light while avoiding excessive heat gain with energy efficiency in mind. In another innovation, operable glass walls with layered graphics can shield extra security lanes from view when not in use. It’s a new warm welcome for visitors to Chicago, and timely as air travel slowly returns to pre-pandemic levels.
Two Firms Collaborate on an Elegant Extension to the Nanaimo Airport on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
The beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, February 2020, may seem like an inopportune time for Nanaimo, a small port city on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to open a 16,000-square-foot expansion to its airport. But Ni…
Gensler Spotlight: North Central U.S.
Despite Columbia College Chicago’s 100-year history, this structure is the school’s first dedicated to serving as a home base for students to not only learn but also connect and recharge with one another, a critical …
Best of Year Awards 2021
Interior Design celebrates design in all its forms with the 2021 Best of Year Awards. See the winner’s gallery here.