Work in progress: Models show the future of PDX in miniature

Published December 01, 2020

New terminal design


Pssst! Want to see something cool? We’re sharing regular “work in progress” snapshots to show you what we’re up to. Up next: Models of the new airport designs.

Before there can be an airport, there must be an airport model. 

Architectural models are a key tool for studying designs and communicating project visions. So after our first look at the newly unveiled designs for the Portland International Airport, we’re now getting a glimpse of the model built by the architecture firm ZGF. 

The model is big — 20 by 30 feet, in fact. It’s a helpful visualization tool for the architects and builders working to bring these new airport designs to life. 

One of the most striking features of the model — crafted by second-generation model maker Talisa Shevavesh — is the undulating wooden roof. Beneath it, we see how the real-life designs might eventually look. Light gently filters through the roof and fills the main terminal’s park-inspired interiors, from the Pacific Northwest greenery to the spacious common areas. 

Let yourself imagine what future trips through PDX might look like with these behind-the-scenes photos from the studio. 


New terminal design model

New terminal design model

New terminal design model