Comfort and airports rarely go hand in hand for the general run of traveler. And don't even think about relaxation. Dashing from the car, to check-in, to security and to the gate, you wind up with a chair, if you're lucky. Same goes after you de-plane. And waiting for ground transportation? It's no picnic either. Recently, Los Angeles World Airports asked architect Matt Gagnon to propose a temporary installation for an underused courtyard space at LAX. His novel take transforms that last experience—taking the wait and making a moment of repose, even pleasure. A run of over-scale lounge chairs—think classic backyard loungers—reimagined with nylon strapping, would provide a comfortable space for those minutes before you hop on the shuttle. Illuminattion installed below the seats would add an ambiant lighting effect and make them inviting places to stop even at night.
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If you’re an artist, the chance to have thousands, if not tens of thousands, see your work is a chance too good to pass up. It was certainly true for Cynthia Minet, a Los Angeles sculptor, whose Packing(Caravan) was chosen for a temporary exhibition at LAX, as part of an on-going (and nationally growing) move to showcase art in airports. The installation would include a collection pack animals—a pair of oxen, an elephant, a camel—constructed from pieces of recycled and repurposed plastic. An outgrowth of her explorations of bioengineering, genetic modification, fashion consumerism, and ecology, the animals were witty, thoughtful and wholly apropos of their surroundings.
“In the past,” says Sakchin Bessette, “travel was more of an adventure, about new discovering new places. Nowadays it’s all based on logistics and security.” For passengers headed through Los Angeles International Airport that has been particularly true. On most days at LAX, there’s a distinct feeling of being part of a poorly tended herd off to who-knows-what rather than a traveler embarking on a journey—even it’s just a quick business trip up the West Coast. There are high hopes, then, that when the new Tom Bradley International Terminal opens to the public in a few weeks, some of the allure of travel will come back, albeit tweaked for contemporary realities.
Last Saturday night, FORM attended the California Preservation Design Awards at the Getty Villa. Hosted by the California Preservation Foundation (CPF), the 27th Annual awards show honored the best works in restoration and preservation throughout California. The highest award, the 2010 Trustee Award, went to the LAX Theme Building in Los Angeles, for its seismic retrofit of the 1961 original building at LAX International Airport.
Leo A Daly, project architects for the renovation of the LAX terminal, spent nearly 12 years and almost a billion dollars to add, among other things, a 45,000-square-foot baggage screening area, massive upgrades to the arrival and ticketing lobbies and concourses, four new airport lounges, new furniture, restrooms, accessibility measures, elevators and escalators, better temperature control and ventilation, and a new electrical system. Renovations also included two new gates capable of handling the enormous Airbus A380 aircraft, multimedia installations, and “dynamic color and brighter views,” said Keith Mawson, corporate director of aviation programs for Leo A Daly. Read more about it here.