Return of the Jet Age
Landmark Airport Terminal Eyes Revival
TOP PHOTO BY MAX TOUHEY, RENDERING COURTESY OF MCR DEVELOPMENT
“The TWA Flight Center Hotel will … [return] the landmark to its original glory and [reopen] it to the public.”
— Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Development, in a statement
Air travel has lost some of its glamour in recent decades. A project to transform the long-vacant Trans World Airlines (TWA) Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport aims to bring some of it back. The landmark structure will be renovated and expanded into a hotel, scheduled to open in 2018. The 1962 terminal was designed by neofuturistic architect Eero Saarinen.
The TWA Flight Center Hotel will offer 505 guestrooms, several restaurants and a public observation deck. Plans also call for a museum that would focus on New York as the birthplace of the jet age, the history of TWA and the midcentury modern design movement.
A rendering of the terminal and the new hotel building behind it. Above, the interior pre-renovation
But first developers will have to modernize the aging mechanical systems of a building that's been mostly empty since 2001.
TWA Flight Center Hotel
New York, USA