It’s not easy to graft a 500 room hotel onto an architectural icon like the TWA terminal designed by #eerosaarinen in the late 50s. The terminal was designed to as an homage to flight and as such, needed space all around it in order to appear to “soar”. Sadly, new terminal buildings and the airtrain system have encroached on it- and prevent you from taking in the entire spectacle of flight in one view. That said, the #TWAhotel addition of two identical wings (designed by Beyer Blinder Belle/Lubrano Ciavarra Architects) successfully and respectfully surrounds and reflects the terminal. The architects have opted for a relatively light touch in form and detail, and the reflections of the terminal somewhat restore the views of a winged structure mid flight.
Photo 1: one of the two air bridges (red carpeted tube from the previous post) leading past the #saarinen wing of the new hotel
Photo 2: The Saarinen Wing to the right and terminal to the left. The terminal acts as a huge lobby for the hotel and has some interesting retail including a #WarbyParker pencil shop (?) - #HermanMiller design store/ reading room and a #TWA souvenir shop (among others)
Photo 3: I’m quite certain that the design of the terminal influenced the aesthetic of the 60s animated Saturday morning cartoon series #theJetsons
Photo 4: reflection of the terminal in the facade of the Hughes Wing. Look closely and you can see yours truly and @lairdkay
Photos 5 and 6: View from the roof deck on the Hughes pavilion, looking towards the Saarinen pavilion. Imagine the terminal with nothing else around it…
Photo 7: hard to get it all in one shot 😄
Photo 8: on approach to the hotel from the parking lot and Airtrain station. Hey it’s @lairdkay ! .
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