Portland International Airport Concourse E
Portland, Oregon137,000 SF / 12,728 SMCompletion 2020
As the first major project at Portland International Airport (PDX) in nearly 20 years, the Port of Portland (Port) identified a need to rebalance the number of passengers using the north and south sides of PDX.
Additional Feet of Concourse
Poised as an impactful gateway, the extension is designed to complement the materials and form of the existing airport campus. The cantilevered and folded roof form and extensive curtainwall glazing reflect the Port’s sloped and cantilevered headquarters building and ticket lobby entrance glazing, all while paying homage to Oregon’s canyons. The section of the building is evocative of flight during the day and unveils activity inside the concourse after dark.
Inside, the roof form is broken by clerestory windows that wash the space with northern light and frame preflight views to the sky. The sweeping sloped south curtainwall floods the interior with natural light tempered by a pattern of varying intensities of frit and tinted glazing that reflects the rhythm of light captured through the tree-lined screen of Portland’s forest edge. Extensive window walls provide views north to the airfield and landscape beyond, giving a sense of place and connection.
The celebrated grid of downtown Portland formed by 200-foot city blocks is invoked through the 200-foot spacing of concessions “nodes” that interrupt the 830-foot circulation path, just as cross streets do when walking downtown. The nodes offer dramatic full-height glazing to the north and feature aerial art installations, giving respite when walking the length of the concourse. Biophilic design elements including views of the iconic Mt. Hood, the sky, and the Columbia River reinforce a connection to nature and the region.