New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 142

Project Tom Bradley International Terminal Location: Los Angeles Architect: Fentress Architects MAKING WAVES With a design that evokes the world-famous surf of Californian beaches, the Tom Bradley International Terminal heralds a new era in traveller comfort As the transit point for 8 million-plus people every year, the new international terminal at Los Angeles airport had to offer a strong impact – both aesthetically and in terms of a new revenue stream. Statistics alone evoke the significance and scale of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal. Designed by Curtis Fentress of Fentress Architects, the building is the largest public works project in the history of Los Angeles. It has 111,484m2 of usable floorspace – double the size of the existing international terminal – and its construction involved 15,500 tonnes of steel and kept 9900 workers employed over 6.5 million man-hours. Curtis Fentress says the terminal presents a new gateway for Los Angeles, and the architecture was inspired by the people and geography of the city. “Several public forums were held, with the preference emerging for a wave design that evoked LA’s famous white-sand beaches. In response, we created the distinctive arching sectional roofline, which also references the parabolic arches of the nearby LAX theme building and control tower.”