Los Angeles Airport Gets Swanky New Terminal

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When the Los Angeles International Airport opens its newly renovated terminal  to the public later this summer, passengers will travel through one of the most  technologically advanced and splashiest airports in North America. During a recent preview of the Tom Bradley International Terminal, 10,000  Angelenos got a taste of the $1.9 billion overhaul which includes interactive  multimedia experiences splashed on giant LCD screens, monumental art  installations, fine dining restaurants helmed by local celebrity chefs like  Michael Voltaggio and Suzanne Goin, and strips of luxury retail shops inspired  by Rodeo Drive.

The new terminal was designed by Fentress Architects, the same firm behind  the multi award-winning Incheon International Airport in South Korea.

Greeting inbound passengers arriving at LAX, for instance, will be a giant  80-foot (25-meter) tall Welcome Wall created to ‘refresh’ tired passengers’  senses with visual displays of flowing cloudscapes and the LA shoreline.

In the Great Hall, a Story Board measuring 120 feet features a variety of  ‘ambient narratives’ including visuals that take passengers on virtual tours  through destination cities, panoramic images of Los Angeles and evocative still  images of nature.

The centerpiece of the terminal, meanwhile, will be the 72-foot (22-meter)  tall digital Time Tower, an interactive motion-sensitive structure that reacts  to passenger movements. Though designed to tell time as a world clock, it’s also  meant to “reveal time” as part of the travel experience.

The newly renovated terminal will also offer passengers substantially more  dining and retail options than its previous incarnation.

With 31 dining outlets — three times more than before — the new terminal will  provide a mix of local and global flavors including gourmet sandwich creations  by LA celebrity Michael Voltaggio and James Beard Award winner Suzanne Goin.

And in a nod to one of the most famous shopping strips in the US, Rodeo  Drive, the new terminal is also billed as a premier retail destination, with 36  outlets including local LA brands like Fred Segal and Kitson.

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