Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, California, USA1,200,000 sfCompletion 2013
As the first major improvement in 25 years, Fentress’ design recharges the outdated LAX with a convenient and comfortable passenger experience.
Foot-high ceilings in the airport’s Great Hall
Tons of structural steel
Passengers accomodated per hour
Reduction in energy use
The Los Angeles ambiance is captured with Pacific Ocean-inspired roof forms that recall rhythmic waves breaking on the shore. The wave-like ceiling reduces 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 1969 Theme Building's parabolic arches. California Home and Design hailed the LAX New Master Plan as one of the “Top Ten Most Promising Future Projects of Architecture,” and Forbes says “the newly redesigned building is gorgeous.”