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Preciosa’s Crystal Swell installation shines brightly at the recently opened West Gates at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport

Crystal Swell spans three levels and is inspired by an ocean wave breaking on the nearby ocean shore.  It combines the simplicity associated with the “mid-century jet age” modern design of the International Terminal and the structural requirements needed to meet the stringent seismic codes developed for installations of this nature.


Sarka Olivova, a senior member of Preciosa’s design team, was challenged with the creation of a dazzling design that would also satisfy Preciosa Lighting and the airport’s safety requirements. The Preciosa engineering team, led by Radek Pytlik, had to ensure that any issues pertaining to the lighting’s installation would be addressed and that an earthquake would not impact the fixture’s structural integrity. Preciosa’s R&D team conducted modal, spectral, and gravity tests in a variety of severe environmental conditions using specialized testing equipment in the company’s state–of-the-art Innovation Lab. The Lab also features a dark room and advanced electronic systems to create interactive elements for lighting installations. (Source: design-middleast.com)