St. Louis Lambert International Airport
Terminal 1 Renovations and Modernization

restoring the grandeur of an iconic mid-century airport terminal as a gateway to the City of St. Louis

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EXP designed the renovation and transformation of Minoru Yamasaki’s iconic Terminal 1, a mid-century masterpiece, at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The result is a simple, uncluttered and bright design that highlights the terminal’s simple elegance while seamlessly integrating new technology, new security systems and updated TSA baggage screening processes.

As part of the Airport’s larger “Airport Experience” improvement program, the thoughtful and integrated terminal modernization and transformation brings renovation of the ticketing hall and public areas, as well as the airline ticketing offices, departures curb, arrivals hall, passenger security screening checkpoints, mid-level and baggage claim areas. The incorporation of public art was also integral to the new design.

The design revives the simple elegance of Yamasaki’s original design and restores the monumentality of this iconic terminal in a fresh, contemporary space that improves services and convenience to today’s hurried travelers.


    Architecture, Interior Design, Structural


  • Honor Award Interiors, American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis, 2015
  • Louis Sullivan Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Illinois, 2012
  • Interior Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago, 2015
  • Divine Detail Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago, 2013
  • Interior Architecture Honor Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis, 2011
  • International Award Finalist, Architizer, 2015
  • Best Projects of 2015, Airports/Transit, ENR Midwest, 2015