June 19th, 2019
One Lux Studio, an award-winning Lighting Design Firm based in NYC, who previously partnered with Blender Workspace on our 135 Madison Avenue location, as well as the ExxonMobil Corporate Campus, the lobby of 55 Hudson Yards, and the Associated Press’ HQ (just to name a few).
The TWA Hotel, whose lobby is located in the newly restored TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, added two seven-story, black-glass buildings containing 512 hotel rooms on either side of the original flight center (which had ceased to operate as such since 2001) at a cost of about $200 million.
The original TWA Flight Center was completed in 1962, a year after designer Eero Saarinen died. The Flight Center was considered a triumph of architecture and engineering. But it proved impractical as planes got bigger and airport security tighter. Eventually, with the Flight Center no longer in use, there was the talk of demolition. But in 1994, the building— then only 32 years old—was landmarked. That year, the Flight Center’s owner, (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey), hired preservation expert Richard Southwick of Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) to come up with a plan for saving and repurposing the building. Then, the idea for the TWA Hotel became a reality.
Fortunately the design team was able to preserve most of the original TWA layout given its landmark status, and the flight tubes leading to Terminal 5 (now occupied by Jet Blue) are still in use. This along with the addition of multiple restaurants including Jean Georges’ The Paris Cafe, several retail stores, an event space, work spaces, the worlds largest hotel gym, and a pool bar make this terminal a historically intriguing addition to JFK Airport, and sets a high bar for modern air travel and luxury.
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