Adopting a light touch toward Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center – the enduring and dramatic symbol of early air travel – the design for the JFK Standard retains the key character-defining features of the landmark terminal while endowing it with long-term sustainability as a newly relevant element of this world-class airport.
Celebrating the winged form of the Flight Center as an icon of the jet age – and the optimism of that era – was integral to the design strategy for expansion.
The Trans World Airline Flight Center at JFK International Airport in New York, originally designed by Eero Saarinen and opened in May 1962, is a nationally significant example of mid-twentieth century modern architecture, engineering and airline terminal planning.
The design reinforces the landmark building's essential symmetry, preserves both the building in its entirety and the historic views of the building from the approach, ring roads and rear (the original tarmac), and evokes the exhilarating romance of early air travel.
Two new hotel structures outboard of the original terminal are massed in simple arcing forms that complement the design of the historic terminal.
The simple façades retain and extend the Flight Center’s palette of materials of while achieving a feeling of contemporary design.
The extraordinary central hall of the original TWA Flight Center, which has been restored and will be publicly accessible, provides the JFK Standard with one of the most spectacular and inspiring hotel lobbies in the world.
The design reinvents the building's interiors, including Saarinen's original Ambassadors' Club and other historic interiors by Raymond Loewy and Warren Platner, infusing the building with new energy and reinforcing its place as a gateway to the world.
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