design:retail - July 2017 - 34
before & after
HE TRANSFORMATION of Terminal 2
at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by Westfield Corp. breathes
new life into a space that hadn't been
touched for 30 years. The design needed
to consider the new way people travel, as well as
elevated customer expectations. Consumers want a
memorable experience, and Terminal 2 now offers
a whole new approach that enhances the traveler's
journey with elements that surprise and delight.
The completion of Terminal 2 is part of a redevelopment effort at LAX that also includes Terminals
1, 3, 6 and the Tom Bradley International Terminal. For Terminal 2 specifically, the $78.3 million
investment by Westfield has transformed nearly
76,000 sq. ft. of dining, retail and common area.
Of the 16 new retail and dining destinations, seven
are Southern California brands, 11 brands are new
to LAX and six have never been in an airport before.
"The Terminal 2 vision is to create a radically new
environment that is tailor-made for and uniquely
suited to the terminal's travelers and its carriers," says
Dominic Lowe, executive vice president of Westfield.
"As LAX forges ahead with a multi-billion-dollar
modernization, Westfield takes great pride in helping
LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports) realize its vision
of transforming this airport into an iconic L.A. landmark for both local residents and travelers around
the globe, one terminal at a time."
The Terminal 2 design inspiration was "L.A. in
Motion," and the intent was to create a space that
captures the energy and on-the-go-attitude of
the city. The design team activated unused space,
created lounge areas and highlighted some of the
building's original features, including skylights and
a large transom window with a view of the Santa
Monica Mountains. This transformation included
floor-to-ceiling common area improvements, and
the relocation and redesign of a staircase to become
the focal point of the space. New gate hold rooms
and bathrooms, new lighting, gate counters, gate
Photos courtesy of WESTFIELD AIRPORTS