Airports and the aviation industry are at the frontline of global demographic shifts, acting as economic engines, cultural icons and serving public functions. Despite being among the youngest of all building typologies, airports will continue to define the way we travel, but also how we experience contemporary culture, including media, information and art.
As aviation infrastructure struggles to keep up with demand for air travel, airports around the world prepare themselves for renovations, expansions and the construction of brand new terminals. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the Pacific gateway to the United States, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for its new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT), constructed by Fentress Architects. The first building of its kind was designed for sustainability and an enhanced passenger experience that places art and culture at the forefront.
As part of this process, the airport has enlisted a rare ally to help passengers feel more at ease while they travel: art. The building is one of the first terminals in the United States that boasts world-class contemporary art for passengers to enjoy before boarding their plane. Painter Mark Bradford (last year’s US representative in the Venice Art Biennale), sculptors Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (of Ball-Nogues), and Pae White are among the artists commissioned to design custom pieces for the unconventional venue.
PLANE—SITE generated thought-provoking video content for dissemination throughout various international media platforms that prominently feature LAX and showcase Fentress’ capacity to generate interactive public architecture that fuses the boundaries between building and technology.
Reimagining the Airport of the Future – Fentress Global Challenge
Since 2011, the Fentress Global Challenge has called on young architects to explore future design possibilities in public architecture. In 2016, the annual competition invited students to envision “The Airport of the Future”.
PLANE—SITE collaborated with Fentress Architects to further develop the Fentress Global Challenge as a leading competition for visionary proposals from the world’s most talented students. PLANE—SITE supported the Fentress Global Challenge by promoting participation and facilitating media coverage, managed the selection process and the documentation.
Fentress Architects is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Fentress Global Challenge, the fifth edition of its international student competition, representing the firm’s commitment to the advancement of innovative design in public architecture. Exceeding 600 registrations, the award drew students from over 50 countries. The three winning proposals reflect bold conceptual thinking, acute sensitivity to context, and skilled design.
First Place: “Airport Under the Forest Park” by Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang, Xi’An University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’An, China
Second Place: “Hong Kong Aerocenosis” by Anna Andronova, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan, Russia
Third Place: “Caravanserai” by Rafat Jahandideh, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
People’s Choice Award: “Destination CDG” by Michel Ghostine and Christian Ghanem, Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon
Now Boarding Exhibition
Fentress Architects contributed to the 15th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia (28 May-27 November 2016), as part of the GAA Foundation’s collateral exhibition TIME SPACE EXISTENCE. Located in the Palazzo Bembo, the Now Boarding exhibition explores the past, present, and future of airport design. The enormous complexity and rapid evolution of the airport typology is chronicled through the lens of five Fentress-designed terminals for Denver, Seoul-Incheon, Seattle, San Jose, and Los Angeles.
PLANE—SITE supported Fentress architects with strategic communication and calibrated content in-line with the firm’s ethos and development goals by using a coordinated campaign focusing on three key project milestones.