Saarinen’s Iconic Air Terminal at JFK Takes Flight Today as TWA Hotel

May 15, 2019
Credit: TWA Hotel/David Mitchell

“The opening of the TWA Hotel today, after being dark for nearly two decades, is a momentous event in the life of this true modern icon. My 25-year professional involvement with the preservation of the TWA Flight Center and the opportunity to lead the architectural effort with our talented design partners has been a highlight of my career.”

Richard W. Southwick, FAIA, Partner and Director of Historic Preservation

The TWA Hotel at JFK features 512 guest rooms. At the heart of the project is Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 former Trans World Airlines terminal, of which BBB led the careful restoration. The project features two new hotel wings, a 50,000 SF events center, a rooftop infinity pool, the world’s biggest hotel gym, as well as multiple dining and retail venues.

The TWA Hotel is developed by MCR/MORSE Development. The design team includes:

Beyer Blinder Belle: Project and Preservation Architect

Lubrano Ciavarra: Design Consultant and Design Architect for the Hotel Buildings

INC Architecture & Design: Conference and Event Space Interior Design

Stonehill Taylor: Hotel Room Interior Design

Mathews Nielsen: Landscape Architect

Partner Richard Southwick, FAIA at the opening of TWA Hotel


TWA Hotel


Below is a selection of recent press coverage:

Interior Design, Beyer Blinder Belle, INC, Lubrano Ciavarra, and Stonehill Taylor Propel Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center into a 21st-Century Hotel, By Joseph Giovannini

Wall Street Journal, Where the Airport is the Destination, By Michael J. Lewis

Curbed NY, Preserving an Icon, By Sarah Firshein

The New York Times, Martinis at the Bar. Sinatra on Repeat. The TWA Hotel Sells a Jet-Age Fantasy., By Michael Kimmelman

The Washington Post, The TWA Hotel revives a magnificent, mid-century vision of the friendly skies, By Philip Kennicott

Architectural Digest, Open House New York’s Spring Benefit Honors the TWA Hotel, By Timothy Latterner

The American Scholar, Flights of Fancy, By Eric Willis

Metropolis, With Its Painstaking Restoration, Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center Gets a Second Life, By Laura Raskin

Metropolis, The TWA Hotel’s Interiors Aim to Recapture Midcentury Glam, By Laura Feinstein

CGTN America, Iconic TWA terminal reborn as retro-glamorous TWA Hotel, By Karina Huber

AIA New York, Back to the Future: Fanfare heralds the opening of the TWA Hotel, By Linda G. Miller

Domino, Who Knew JFK is Actually a Design Destination?, By Esmé Stern

World-Architects Magazine, TWA Hotel Opens at JFK, By John Hill

Untapped Cities, 10 Fun Facts about the New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, Open Today, By Michelle Young

Untapped Cities, NYC Makers: A Q&A with Richard Southwick, Architect for the TWA Hotel, By Michelle Young

Architectural Record, TWA Hotel Opens at JFK, Giving New Life to Saarinen’s Flight Center, By Fred A. Bernstein

ArchDaily, JFK’s Iconic TWA Terminal Reopens as Vintage Hotel by Beyer Blinder Belle, By Niall Patrick Walsh

CBS News, Up, up and away at the TWA Hotel, By Robbyn McFadden

Curbed NY, TWA Hotel at JFK Airport: News and updates, By Curbed NY Staff

The Wall Street Journal, TWA Hotel at Kennedy Airport Targets 200% Occupancy, By Keiko Morris

CNN Travel, TWA Hotel opens today at JFK Airport, By Lilit Marcus

New York Magazine, TWA Takes Flight Again, Without Leaving the Ground, By Justin Davidson

designboom, TWA Hotel Opens Inside Eero Saarinen’s Terminal Building at JFK Airport, By Philip Stevens

New York Magazine, Louis Vuitton Turned JFK Into a Runway, By Emilia Petrarca

Read the Press Release here.