Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX Lands The Plan Awards 2019

The Fentress-designed global airport terminal claimed the winning title in the transportation category, recognizing the project’s innovative and solution-driven design.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was named the winning project in the Transport category of THE PLAN Award 2019. THE PLAN announced the winners on April 24, celebrating design excellence by designers, academics, and students. Fentress Architects served as the architect for the 1.2 million-square-foot (111,484 sm) LEED Gold airport terminal.

Selected by an international jury of top designers, architects, curators, and academics, THE PLAN Award aims to disseminate knowledge of and improve the quality of work done by designers globally. The award program highlights the most innovative and inspiring architecture, thereby promoting exceptional design and planning.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX is the largest public works project in Los Angeles’ history, requiring close collaboration with the community. Speaking to the client’s and LA’s needs, Fentress recharged the once outdated facility with a convenient and comfortable passenger experience, functional upgrades, and architectural forms that capture the essence of LA’s character. Notable design elements include the terminal’s rhythmic roofline inspired by the Pacific Ocean’s cresting waves, and an advanced Interactive Environmental System (IEMS) that integrates seven kinetic media installations throughout the terminal and concourse.  

Partners on the project include HNTB Architecture, BASE Architecture, Walsh Austin Joint Venture, John A. Martin & Associates, Martin/Martin, Miyamoto International, Syska Hennessy Group, TMAD Taylor & Gaines, Hatch Mott MacDonald, Architectural Energy Corporation, Horton Lees Brogden, MRA International Inc., Sardi Design, Moment Factory, Digital Kitchen, and Smart Monkeys, Inc.