TWA Flight Center Design Study

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TWA Flight Center Design Study

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.

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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.

Todd Schliemann, Design Partner
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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.

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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.

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Two new hotel structures outboard of the original terminal are massed in simple arcing forms that complement the design of the historic terminal.

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The simple façades retain and extend the Flight Center’s palette of materials of while achieving a feeling of contemporary design.

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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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Details

Year
2013
Location
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, NY
Size
206,000 GSF
Program
260 Keys, Spa, Museum, Retail, Business Center, Bar, Lounge, Restaurants

Team

Design Partner
Todd Schliemann
Management Partner
Kevin McClurkan
Project Designer
Jarrett Pelletier
Hotelier
André Balazs Properties

Consultants

Structural
DeSimone Consulting Engineers
MEP
Jaros Baum & Bolles
Civil
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.
Graphics
Pentagram Design, Inc.
Sustainability
Atelier Ten
Historic Preservation
Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
Urban Consultant
James Sanders & Associates