Lambert- St. Louis International
Airport has transformed a vacant airline ticket counter area into a high
profile lounge that includes new art, a live green wall, a water feature and a
new view out of the terminal’s historic arched windows.
The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge
is one of the final projects in Lambert’s extensive renovation campaign, the
Airport Experience Program. The lounge space, with red leather seating, offers
a respite for travelers who are going through the check-in process.
One of the new focal points for
the lounge is the addition of “China
China,” a 6-ft tall bronze sculpture featuring two ancient Chinese figures.
The sculpture, installed earlier this month, is on loan from The Gateway
Foundation of St. Louis.
Two temporary art cases in the
lounge exhibit rotating exhibits. The first works on display are from local
Stang and Michael
Bauermeister. Stang, founder of Augusta Glass Studio, is exhibiting several
Murrini bottles and a plate that use European glass blowing techniques. Bauermeister,
who is nationally known for his wood works, is displaying a sample of his
signature pieces including bowls and vessels.
The lounge has two book-end walls
that also offer inspiration to travelers and visitors. A live green wall,
featuring several species of plants anchors one side; the other features a
cascading water wall that amplifies a LED light show. To the south, the removal
of ticket counters opens up the 30-ft. high vaulted windows with a view of the
entrance roadway to the terminal and a new courtyard that features teak benches
and a series of planters with native Missouri birch trees. The Airport is considering adding additional
art sculptures in the courtyard to complete the exterior space.
million Airport Experience began in 2008 and resulted in the Airport’s largest
interior makeover in its history, with renovations to Terminal 1 and Concourses
A & C. The architect for the renovations is exp., which has offices in St. Louis. The
project manager is Kwame Building
Group. Projects included new or improved restrooms, an expanded Checkpoint
C, terrazzo flooring in Terminal 1, new lighting, new signage and new art
installations. The final Airport Experience project is the installation of a
new copper roof on Terminal, 1 which is scheduled to be completed at the end of
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