One of the first US airports to plan for access to the outdoors on the airside of terminal circulation, this revitalization of the Pittsburgh International Airport provides a new model for travel hubs. The design promotes a cohesive and efficient passenger experience while providing a direct connection to nature and access to amenities rarely found in airport settings.
The arrival sequence begins with a carefully planted forecourt and reconfigured vehicular drop off. Organic forest-like tree arrangements and natural exposed rock striations typically found within the Appalachian basin, along with native flora, rolling topography and water systems, reference the diverse ecology of the region. A new headhouse, with an undulating roofscape punctuated with skylights, invites passengers into the terminal.
A distinct feature is the location of landscaped terraces and outdoor courtyards that accommodate expanded retail and food and beverage spaces, with flexible open outdoor spaces that can host a wide range of events and activities. Concessions that service and open out to functional outdoor spaces are unique in American airports.