Work started at LAX last week to give the airport's curbside area a rather sexier and more up-to-date feel (construction started at the Tom Bradley International Terminal, which is also getting a complete overhaul designed by Fentress Architects). Locally-based firm AECOM is adding a long canopy, three new entry pavilion canopies (with skylights!), and new escalator and stair canopies "that link the arrival and departure levels," according to press materials. They're also renovating the arrival level plaza ("delivering more light and space for the traveler"). The main canopy will be 1,000 feet long and will light up in sync with LAX's entry pylons; it's "modulated with white sculptural light poles every 60 feet" that are meant to echo the Theme Building's architecture. There will also be "three-dimensional super-graphic terminal identifiers," so tourists will never get lost again. The project is set to be finished next year.
· LAX's Tom Bradley International Getting Sexier Curbside Look [Curbed LA]