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TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport


Humidity 91%. North-easterly, 10m/h wind. You may see airplanes.

Sectors

Cultural/Historic, Mixed-Use

Service

Landscape Architecture

Client

MCR Development, LLC

Location

Queens, NY

Status

In Progress

Site Area

3.83 acres

Architect

Lubrano Ciavarra

Beyer Blinder Belle

The iconic Eero Ssarinen TWA Terminal at JFK airport is being brought back to life as a destination hotel, restaurant complex and conference center. The addition of the two hotel structures along with recent airport infrastructure has changed the context of the landmark structure.

MNLA is designing the landscape to preserve unobstructed views of the signature building profile while integrating pedestrian and vehicular access to the terminal’s original entry.  New landscaped spaces are created between the hotel wings and terminal using simple, strong forms derived from the terminal’s details. The centerpiece is the historic tarmac that flanked by the original flight tubes within which sits a reconstructed Constellation plane repurposed as a restaurant and bar.  

The TWA Flight Center, also known as the Trans World Flight Center, opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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The new hotel, scheduled to open in 2019, will have 505 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, and an observation deck of 10,000 square feet.

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