Los Angeles International Airport gets a bit of definition from global design practice AECOM
The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), one of the world's busiest airports, is undergoing a facelift. As part of a multi-phase project, AECOM is working with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to create a sensational experience for the 61 million passengers who travel in and out of LAX annually. The project aspires to unify the disparate components of the airport's central terminal area (CTA) and insert grand gestures that provide architectural hierarchy.
Through an artful integration of lighting, graphics, and architecture, the design draws key elements from the existing airport such as the 1960s architecture of the Theme Building and the 60ft polychromatic light pylons that define the airport's entry.
The CTA will be articulated with an illuminated glass ribbon that defines the roadway edge and is modulated with white sculptural light poles every 60m. This illuminated ribbon is synchronized with the entry pylons, with the light poles emulating the Theme Building's optimistic architecture. In addition to the light ribbon are three-dimensional super-graphic terminal identifiers.
The project amplifies at LAX's largest terminal, Tom Bradley International. A series of aerodynamic metallic canopies will replace the existing structures. The improvements include: a 1,000ft roadside canopy, three entry pavilions canopies with integral skylights, and two new escalator and stair canopies that link the arrival and departure levels.
In addition, the plaza at the arrival level will be renovated - delivering more light and space for the traveler. The LAX Enhancements project will radically improve the users experience from curbside to airside with a design that captures the essence of Los Angeles.