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TWA Hotel / Eero Saarinen


New York City’s John F Kennedy International Airport has a new addition that’s a blast from the past. The airport recently introduced its first on-airport hotel that pays homage to the former Trans World Airlines (TWA). Once one of the country’s largest airlines, it began operations in 1930 and shuttered its doors in 2001; the Flight Center at JFK closed that same year. The expansive space has since been repurposed into a luxury accommodation aptly called TWA Hotel.

The TWA Flight Center was designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen and built in 1962 — just as air travel was becoming commonplace for the general public. It features sweeping lines and an airy openness that although vintage, still feels contemporary. Rather than fighting this style, present-day architecture firms Lubrano Ciavarra, INC Architecture & Design, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Stonehill Taylor highlight the mid-century modern look — via My Modern Met

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