Monday, February 18, 2019

Abandoned Airport Terminal Transformed Into a Midcentury Dream

An abandoned airport terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has been reborn as the TWA Hotel, designed by firms Lubrano Ciavarra, INC., Beyer Blinder Belle, and Stonehill Taylor. The 1962 building, designed by architect Eero Saarinen, closed when Trans World Airlines ceased operations in 2001.

To access the luxury guest rooms, patrons enter through space-age flight tubes. Vintage tunes play throughout the hotel. There's even a hotel museum dedicated to TWA chronicles the midcentury modern design movement and the rise of the Jet Age. 

The floor-to-ceiling windows are built with Fabrica glass - they're the second-thickest windows in the world, following those of the U.S. Embassy in London - so the sound of the jet engines is muffled.

More: Dwell


  1. I don't get it, they must have dumped a ton of money to give that hotel all the amenities of a resort. But it's not a destination, it's a way station where people stay for a night, maybe two.

  2. They might be trying to draw conferences? I've seen resort type airport hotels in Asia.