Some 18 years after it last closed its doors, Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA terminal has been reborn as a retro hotel at JFK Airport in New York.
Practice Beyer Blinder Belle has restored Saarinen’s modernist landmark, and its red-carpeted departure lounge is now a cocktail bar and 200-seater Paris Cafe. A Constellation ‘Connie’ aircraft has also been converted into a cocktail lounge on the tarmac.
Two new hotel wings were designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects to create 512 bedrooms, with kitschy interiors by Stonehill Taylor.
The TWA Hotel also boasts the world’s biggest hotel gym, as well as a 50,000 sq ft event space and 15,000 sq ft ballroom. A rooftop infinity pool has been added alongside an observation deck for watching planes taking off from nearby runways.