The Fentress Architects-designed New Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will open to the public in August, bathing travellers in the glorious Los Angeles sunlight as they embark on their journeys. Following a number of workshops with significant stakeholders, Fentress Architects determined a cluster of themes which can be clearly noted throughout the design.
These included beaches, the city, mountains, sunlight, movement and openness. A wave-inspired roofscape leaps across the 1.2million sq ft terminal, evoking imagery of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Sunlight cascades into the cavernous Great Hall - to be named the Antonio Villaraigosa Pavilion in honour of the Los Angeles Mayor - through large window panes and rooflights, while passengers sit back and enjoy views across to the Santa Monica Mountains from the various dining areas.
With an investment of $79.8m from Westfield, the New Tom Bradley International Terminal is able to offer 31 dining options for travellers including 18 concepts new to airports and 17 local Los Angeles brands. A $25m investment from DFS has seen a wide expanse of duty-free retail options, 36 in total with 27 new to LAX and 9 the first to open in airports worldwide.
“The successful LAX of the 21st century will be a consummate host to the world, both seamlessly integrating into its context and embodying the spirit of the place in such a way that it becomes a new, modern landmark by which the region is recognised worldwide,” commented Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, Principal-in-Charge of Design of the New Tom Bradley International Terminal.
The extension - which doubles the size of the existing facility - also benefits from an Integrated Environmental Media System designed by a team including Sardi Design and Moment Factory. The 7-piece system is an integral, interactive part of the terminal and synchronises multiple features through a state-of-the-art content management system. This feeds on live data, flight departures, arrival information and passenger interactions.
A thread of sustainability runs throughout the entire complex with the design aiming for LEED Silver Certification. More than 75% of construction and demolition waste has been recycled, interior finishes use recycled content, efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures have been used throughout, and low VOC (volatile organic chemicals) pains, adhesives, carpets and sealants have been incorporated.