That’s why the launch of the TWA hotel is so timely as the iconic airline’s legacy has been turned into the perfect party palace for aviation fans and basically anyone who wants to vacay in style in the heart of the Big Apple and JFK – literally.
It’s been a labour of love for MCR and MORSE Development who say they have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Centre (or Center if you’re a Yank) at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel.
The famous sunken lounge where passengers and their families waited for their flights has been lovingly restored and now forms an area to sit and enjoy food and drink from the various outlets. Image: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are restaurants, bars, shops and two hotel wings, designed to reflect and pay homage to the landmark TWA Flight Center, which sit behind the historic building and contain 512 guestrooms with views of JFK’s runways and the centre itself. It was listed as one of the hottest hotel openings last year.
It is sleek and stylish, bringing back to life the golden era of airline glamour and looks just incredible boasting:
An outdoor heated pool and bar area has views over the enormous airfield. Credit: email@example.com
*512 ultra-quiet guestrooms with exhilarating views of JFK’s runways and the iconic TWA Flight Center
*Classic Solari split-flap message board with authentic original mechanical operation manufactured in Udine, Italy
* A rooftop infinity pool and observation deck with runway views
*A Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A transformed into a cocktail lounge
* Museum exhibits on TWA, the Jet Age, and the mid-century modern design movement
*The Paris Café and The Sunken Lounge
*Food Hall grab-and-go dining
*The world’s biggest hotel gym: a 10,000-square-foot fitness center
*A Twister Room, where you can play a wall-to-wall version of the 1960s game
*A Photo Room filled with snapshots from fans — and a booth to capture your own memories.
So, buckle up, grab a cocktail, and take a flight of fancy with these fabulous images which VIVA hopes to visit sooner rather than later.
Wherever possible there is a curve. Straight edges were not liked by the architect Saarinen. Credit: firstname.lastname@example.org
In various parts of the building you can find exhibtions of TWA memorabilia. Image credit: email@example.com
Inside the Constellation situated outside the building there is now a cocktail lounge in the passenger cabin. Credit: firstname.lastname@example.org
Synonimous with that age of aviation, this board is still working but showing ficticious information. Credit: email@example.com
Along with replica living rooms from the 60s there are recreations of Eero Saarinens design studio in addition to this recreation of TWA boss Howard Hughes office. Credit: firstname.lastname@example.org
The old flight tubes created to take passengers to satellite piers now give access to various parts of the hotel including the rooms. Credit: email@example.com
Keeping with the curve theme so favoured by Saarinen have been replicated in the brand new wings containing the hotel rooms. firstname.lastname@example.org
Many of the rooms at the Hotel either have a view of the airfield or of the flight centre. Credit: email@example.com
The check in process is completely automated with guests using tablets to check themselves in. Credit: firstname.lastname@example.org
The flowing curves resembling a bird taking flight are very striking. Credit: email@example.com