LAX’s New Terminal Is The Biggest Public Works Project In City History

LAX’s New Terminal Is The Biggest Public Works Project In City History

For the first time in a quarter century, Los Angeles International Airport is getting a facelift. Crews have just completed the first phase of renovations to The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, and it looks simply stunning.

The Bradley Terminal hadn’t been updated since 1988 and was definitely beginning to show its age. That is, until the design team at Fentress Architects got their hands on it. The firm, whose other notable works include the Denver, San Jose and Seattle-Tacoma airports, drew inspiration from the Pacific Ocean and incorporated a wave motif into the architecture as evidenced by the broadly sloping roofline resembling a crashing wave. As the Fentress site explains:

The Los Angeles ambiance is captured with Pacific Ocean-inspired roof forms that recall rhythmic waves breaking on the shore. The wave-like ceiling will reduce solar glare and heat from the ocean on the west and bathes the terminal in natural light from the northeast. Expansive glass curtain walls offer dramatic views of the airfield and the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. The architecture unifies the airport and pays homage to the Theme Building’s parabolic arches.

In addition, the 79,000sqm, three-story terminal will offer the most advanced Integrated Environmental Media System, an interactive multimedia architecture designed to improve the travelling experience and ease congestion in the sixth busiest airport in North America, when it opens to the public at the start of next month. [Fentress Architects via Inhabitat]

Pictures: Jason A Knowles / Fentress Architects