SOURCE: Los Angeles World Airports

Los Angeles World Airports

February 17, 2009 14:34 ET

New Design Vision for Los Angeles International Airport Among Top 10 Most Promising Projects of California Architecture

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2009) - California Home and Design magazine has announced that the architectural vision design concepts for the west side of the Tom Bradley International Terminal and a new midfield concourse at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are among the top ten most promising future projects of California architecture. The magazine covers emerging styles and trendsetting ideas within the architectural and interior design world. It is considered influential among affluent homeowners, design enthusiasts and industry leaders with a combined circulation of 365,000.

"This distinction proclaims that we are on the right track in terms of modernizing LAX, dramatically enhancing the passenger experience and re-establishing the airport as a modern U.S. gateway in a competitive global market," said Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, the City department that owns and operates LAX and three other Southern California airports.

Created by Fentress Architects of Denver, the dynamic new design concepts are inspired by the Pacific Ocean west of LAX, with roof tops flowing as rhythmic waves breaking on the shore. Fate-seam stainless steel stretches over column-free structures, creating an architectural design that unifies the entire airport with a cohesive theme. The design also honors the parabolic arches of the iconic Theme Building, which ushered in the Jet Age at LAX when built in 1961.

The long association of LAX with the historic building and its parabolic arches are incorporated into the design concept with two arched bridges that increase in size toward the West, just as planes take off and gain altitude over the Pacific Ocean.

California Home and Design magazine's senior editors reviewed many projects and selected those they felt would become landmark architectural entities having a significant impact upon the California architectural landscape. Included in the list are museums, the Google headquarters, trade centers, and residential projects with innovative "green" living features.

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