Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962, the TWA Flight Center epitomizes the glamour and optimism of the Jet Age. The treasured 216,000-square-foot terminal has been restored and reborn as the lobby of TWA Hotel. This restoration, the construction of two new hotel wings behind it and the underground addition of a 50,000-square-foot events center sit at the heart of JFK Airport. From the moment they arrive, visitors find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962.
The lobby areas include the original chili-pepper red Sunken Lounge and Paris Café at the mezzanine level, as well as retail spaces. The two new low-rise hotel buildings provide a neutral foil to the historic terminal. Connected to the terminal through the original red-carpeted flight tubes, the guestrooms are ultra-quiet through a specially-engineered 4.5-inch-thick curtain wall. The Hughes Wing is capped with the Pool Bar featuring a rooftop infinity-edge pool, restaurant/bar and observation deck.
The room interiors restore the excitement for air travel by maximizing comfort during a short airport stay. Sixties-inspired elements include Saarinen-designed Knoll furnishings, a martini bar, and a vintage rotary phone. Custom furnishings and lighting — like the wood trim, which follows along the ceiling edge and softly illuminates the room — reference midcentury design. Many of the beds are positioned to let guests enjoy the exciting rhythm of the runway or the glory of Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center.
The 50,000-square-foot event space has been developed as a state-of-the-art gathering space, imbued with the glamour of the period in American history when the Jet Age turned the world into a global village for the first time. Conceived of as a posthumous collaboration with the modern master, Saarinen, alongside the likes of Warren Platner, Raymond Loewy, and Charles and Ray Eames, the TWA event space breathes new life into an American landmark.
Credits: - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate, Construction Design Coordinator - Steve McCarthy - Jaros, Baum & Bolles - Associate - Robert Ayello - Cerami & Associates (Acoustical Consultant) - Chief Executive Officer - Victoria Cerami - Jaros, Baum & Bolles (MEP/FP, IT, Security and AV Design Consultant) - Partner, Managing Partner Emeritus - Mitchel Simpler - Jaros, Baum & Bolles - Partner - Brendan Weiden - Cooley Monato Studios (Lighting Consultant) - Principal - Emily Monato - Stonehill Taylor - Interiors Associate - DeeDee Sanchez - INC Architecture & Design - Partner and Studio Director - Gabe Benroth - Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects - Landscape Architect - Melissa How - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Principal - Miriam Kelly - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Principal - Orest Krawciw - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate - Monika Sarac - LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects - Associate - Josh Barkan - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners (Project and Preservation Architect) - Partner, Director of Historic Preservation - Richard Southwick - Langan Engineering & Environmental Services (Civil Engineer) - Managing Principal, Chairman of the Board - Andrew Ciancia - One Lux Studio (Lighting Consultant) - Partner - Jack Bailey - INC Architecture & Design - Partner and Field Director - Drew Stuart - INC Architecture & Design - Architectural Designer - Sejung Jim - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate - Susan Bopp - Arup - Associate Principal - Jenny Buckley - LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects - Designer - Heather Dela Cruz - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Principal - Carmen Menocal - Front Inc. (Facade Consultant) - Senior Associate - Jeff Kim - Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (Landscape Architecture) - Principal - Signe Nielsen - Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects - Landscape Architect - Alexis Gagne - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Senior Associate - Joe Gall - LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects (Design Consultant & Design Architect for the Hotel Buildings) - Partner - Anne Marie Lubrano - Cooley Monato Studios - Senior Designer - Adam Kroll - Jaros, Baum & Bolles - Associate Partner - John Koch - Arup (Structural Engineer) - Associate Principal - Ian Buckley - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate - Efi Orfanou - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate - Andrea Sforza - INC Architecture & Design - Project Manager and Senior Associate - Hilary Kroll - LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects - Partner - Lea Ciavarra - INC Architecture & Design - Project Manager and Associate - Louisa Reviette - Stonehill Taylor - Director of Industrial Design - Steven Eshelman - Jaros, Baum & Bolles - Project Engineer - Brian Centeno - Jaros, Baum & Bolles - Associate Partner - Christopher Horch - Stonehill Taylor - Interior Designer - Lauren Gorgano - LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects - Associate - Dale Lunan - Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners - Associate - Michael Elizabeth Rozas - INC Architecture & Design (Conference and Event Space Interior Design) - Partner and Creative Director - Adam Rolston - Stonehill Taylor (Interior Design for Hotel Rooms, Select Public Areas, and Connie) - Principal of Interiors Division - Sara Duffy