Our sneak peek at the gorgeous new space — the South Concourse Gate Areas and the 150,000 square-foot Great Hall — saw a slew of designer brands (60 in total) from Porsche Design, Michael Kors, Fred Segal, Burberry, Coach, Kitson, Hugo Boss and Bvlgari.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was in attendance alongside World Airports Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, Westfield Group Co-Chief Executive Peter Lowy, Architect Curtis Fentress to debut the Villaraigosa Pavillion, which was named in his honor.
The designer brands were only part of the focus, as many of LA’s hautest restaurants are also heading to Tom Bradley. The lineup of 32 eateries includes ink.sack, Short Cake, Border Grill, Umami Burger, Chaya, LA Mill, Larder at Tavern, 800 Degrees Pizza, Vino Volo, Luckyfish, James’ Beach, Marmelade Cafe, Vanilla Bake Shop and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
The terminal, designed by Fentress Architects, will be technologically savvy. There will be laser activated controlled aircraft docking stations and gates; LAX will be the first airport in the United States to use this feature.
Architect Curtis Fentress said that LAX will be the “world’s largest facility for double decker Airbuses” and that he wants passangers to go from “gates to curbside in 20 minutes.” Thomas J. Walsh, the architect who designed the New TBIT, designed the building to look like the waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Additionally, a 72-foot-tall digital Time Tower — an interactive media structure with changing clock faces — was also revealed at the preview.