O'Hare International Airport

Glass Wall Cover Digital Printed in an Airport Renovation in Chicago

 

Printed Area
350 sqm / 3,746 sqf
Numbers of Panels
120 
 
Colors
Digital mix
 
Glass Type
13 mm lamineted
 
Completed
2014
 

 

Winner of 2014 Glass Magazine Award – Most Innovative Decorative Glass Project, Commercial Interior

 

 

 

Project Partners

Printed by
Goldray Industries

Architect
Epstein

Designer
Thirst

Photographer
Steve Hall© Hedrich Blessing

 

The design seamlessly connects the curtain wall to the printed glass wall cladding, which creates an aesthetic walkway for passersby.

Digital ceramic glass printing was used to create functional and uniquely designed elements for the renovation of Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 5, with each detail serving a distinct purpose. The two-story interior curtain wall serves as a barrier to private areas, and directs foot traffic to the security checkpoint. The color bands and geometric shapes embedded in the printed glass ensure the flow of natural light without diminishing its privacy function. For a continued narrative, the design seamlessly connects the curtain wall to the printed glass wall cladding, which creates an aesthetic walkway for passersby. The wall also doubles as a backing to the retail shops and demarcates the restrooms. Lastly, the digital ceramic printed glass guard rail on the upper level, which is seen by both arriving and departing passengers, separates the two groups while creating a shared experience, as both can see the embedded images of flight patterns spanning the globe, at different stages of their journey.

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”We had looked at printing on vinyl, but immediately dismissed this as an option due to lack of permanence. We were looking for durability; for the image to last at least a minimum of 20 years, all without going over budget.”
--Tim Ozog, Architectural Designer, Epstein

Taking the O’Hare Experience to New Heights

In assuming the busy terminal’s renovation, Epstein Architects was challenged to design the interior into a space that would make a statement and have the much sought “wow factor”. According to Epstein Architectural Designer, Tim Ozog, the team decided that a graphic solution was the answer for redeveloping the common spaces, concession stands, and security areas.

With these ambitious goals in mind, Epstein turned to Goldray Industries, known for its extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities and reputation for solving complex architectural decorative glass challenges. As Ozog said: “We were convinced that the full range of colors, high resolution, flexibility of application, and durability of digital ceramic printing, made this technology the only solution for this project.”

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Soaring Results with Dip-Tech Technology
“Using the Dip-Tech technology we were able to fabricate this highly comprehensive and detailed project exactly how it was conceptualized and drawn by Epstein and Thirst.”

-- Greg Saroka, President, Goldray Industries

The highly detailed graphics, designed by Epstein and Thirst Communication Design for O’Hare International, convey the story of the traveler’s experience. Almost 370 sqm (4,000 sqf) of digital ceramic printed glass was integrated in the overall glass solution of the terminal renovation. The end result was a beautiful, functional design, built for longevity, functionality, and better climate control.

“With an expensive undertaking such as airport design and renovation you must get the most out of every component, including the glass,” noted Yariv Matzliach, speaking as CEO of Dip-Tech. “Digital ceramic printed glass offers a highly favorable cost-to-benefit ratio. And, with every panel of glass there are unlimited design possibilities and a broad range of functional applications.”

 

 

 

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