LAX enhancements project by AECOM: phase I
all images © yan wang and michael frederick
tom bradley international terminal approach – night view
the los angeles international airport (LAX) – the world’s sixth busiest airport – is undergoing a significant change, with an enhancement project that will revitalize the central terminal area (CTA): the one mile roadway area between the parking structures and the eight terminals. AECOM will create a sensational experience for the 61 million passengers who travel in and out of this major transportation hub annually. through an extensive integration of architecture, lighting and graphics, the project aspires to unify the disparate components of LAX’s CTA and inserts grand gestures that provide an architectural hierarchy and draws from key existing elements, such as the 1960’s theme building and the entry light pylons.
tom bradley international terminal approach – day view
the enhanced CTA is articulated with a polychromatic light ribbon that is synchronized with the entry pylons; the intervention defines the elevated roadway edge and is modulated with three-dimensional super-graphic terminal identifiers and 91 white sculptural light poles. the illuminated beams are derivative of the theme building’s optimistic architecture and establish an unprecedented ceremonial airport experience.
tom bradley international terminal arrival
the project amplifies at the airport’s midpoint and largest terminal, the tom bradley international terminal. a series of aerodynamic metallic canopies will replace the existing structures. the improvements include: a 1,000-foot 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’s comfort and convenience.
LAX enhancements – panorama view
LAX enhancements – signage detail
project director: jed zimmerman
architectural design director: carlos madrid iii
project architect: john martin
landscape architect: esther margulies
project team: michael frederick, melanie freeland, james jackson, aejie rhyu, josh segal, yan m wang, jennifer williams, tommy zandi
civil engineer: VCA engineers, inc.
general contractor: walsh austin joint venture
lighting consultant: horton lees brogden lighting
light pole fabrication: penwal m /e/p
engineer: PBS engineers
program management: aecom signage and environmental
graphics: egg office
structural engineer: KPFF consulting engineers