Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, along with other elected City leaders and airport officials, recently unveiled the architectural vision design concept for the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and midfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
The new concept, aimed at enhancing the visitor experience and re-establishing LAX as a gateway to global travel, is a dramatic and modern design that transforms the airport into a world-class Los Angeles experience. The improved terminal will remind visitors that they are in LA by incorporating a unifying theme that is inspired by the Pacific Ocean. Arriving international travelers will be guided through the concourse on an elevated, secured corridor that will include public art exhibits aimed at introducing travelers to the diversity of Los Angeles.
The Tom Bradley International Terminal will include flat-seam stainless steel stretches over the column-free structure, a design that is meant to express movement and openness by providing visitors unobstructed views of the north and south. A two-level bridge will offer either a train ride on the lower level or an automated pedestrian walkway on the upper level. Viewing lounges will overlook Downtown LA to the east and a departing view of the Santa Monica Mountains and Pacific Ocean to the west.
The new concourse will accommodate larger aircrafts such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787. By 2012, LAX is expected to serve more A380 flights than any other airport in the U.S.
The entire Bradley West project is expected to be complete in seven years.
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