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 artists Sam 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.

The $70 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 the year.