Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Architect: Fentress Architects, Associate Architects: HNTB Architecture, Inc., BASE Architecture

 

As the west coast gateway to America, Los Angeles Airport (LAX) needed to modernize their international facilities in order to remain competitive with other airports on the west coast. The design of the new terminal responds to the client's brief to:
•Recharge the outdated facility with innovative architecture;
•Radically enhance the passenger experience;
•Implement twenty-first century technical upgrades; and
•Establish a visual unity to achieve a distinct, memorable image for Los Angeles.

The new LEED Gold Tom Bradley International Terminal reinvents Los Angeles as the gateway to America with a design reflective of the city's diversity and beauty and establishes a definitive sense of place. A wave-like roofline resembles one of Southern California's greatest attractions-the Pacific Ocean. Expansive glass curtain walls offer dramatic views of the airfield and the nearby Santa Monica Mountains, and clerestory windows fill the Great Hall with sunlight, connecting travelers to LA's natural environment.

The terminal's grand scale is softened with the intimacy of human scale and the design returns its focus to the passenger experience. Abundant daylight, dynamic retail, and mid-century-inspired lounge seating maximizes comfort for travelers. Vibrant digital art and a series of environmental media displays meld architecture, art, and technology to celebrate the romance of travel and entertain passengers.

Functional upgrades are interlaced in the terminal's design, creating a dynamic and integrated airport that celebrates LA's distinct community. A single cohesive architectural theme interweaves intricate aspects of the city throughout the terminal to create a memorable passenger experience and fulfill the mission of becoming a new hub for passengers while creating a critical economic engine for the city.

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