The Chicago O'Hare Airport International Terminal was commissioned by The Westfield Group, and designed by Epstein Global, in conjunction with the conceptual designers at Thirst Design Communication. John Kolb - Epstein's associate vice president and lead architect on this project - describes their design intent. "Chicago Airport Terminal 5 was designed 21 years ago by Perkins+Will. It's modern, clean design is recognized and appreciated. We did not want this to feel like a renovation that didn't consider the existing architecture. Instead we wanted to adhere to it, but make it better. We wanted to take the vocabulary of the original building and continue it through the mezzanine renovation and expansion."
Goldray's digital ceramic printing technology was used to create functional and uniquely designed decorative glass elements for the renovation, each detail serving a distinct purpose. The two-story interior curtain wall serves as a glass partition, blocking off private areas and directing foot traffic to the security checkpoint. Additionally, the varied pattern of colored bands and geometric shapes printed onto the partition wall ensures the flow of natural light without diminishing its privacy function. For a continued narrative, the design seamlessly continues down the hallway, connecting the glass partition wall to the digitally printed glass wall cladding, which aids in way-finding and creates an aesthetic walkway for passersby.