The landmarked atomic-age building will be given a fresh start as a luxury design hotel, offering guests the opportunity to step back into midcentury glamour.
A sweeping expression of the golden age of air travel, Eero Saarinen’s 1962 TWA Flight Center at New York’s JFK International Airport has been restored to its original condition, and will be making its official return to society as the lobby of the new TWA Hotel this spring. The “head house,” as it has come to be known, had sat dormant since 2001 after the remainder of TWA was sold to American Airlines. The renovated space will include Jean-Georges’s Paris Café among six restaurants, eight bars—one is tucked away inside a retrofitted TWA airplane—meeting spaces, and a 10,000-square-foot observation deck.
In addition, the architects at Stonehill Taylor have designed 512 brand-new guest rooms, set back from the terminal, featuring a glass curtain wall to cancel out all that jet noise. The seven-pane, 4.5-inch-thick curtain wall, designed by Fabbrica, will be the second-thickest facade of its kind, after the U.S. Embassy in London. (INC Architecture & Design was commissioned for the event spaces.)