TWA Hotel

Designed by: Stonehill Taylor / LUBRANO CIAVARRA / INC Architecture & Design/ Beyer Blinder Belle
For client: MCR and MORSE Development Floor area: 20067.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year


Public Score
5.13
5.60 Function
4.80 Innovation
5.00 Creativity
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The Sunken Lounge has been restored with its original 1962 design, complete with the same historic shade of chili pepper red carpet.

About the Project

Designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center was built for Trans World Airlines (TWA) by Howard Hughes, epitomizing the glamour and optimism of the Jet Age. Designated a New York City landmark in 1994, MCR and MORSE Development restored the treasured 216,000-square-foot terminal this year. The monumental TWA Flight Center has been reborn as the TWA Hotel, referencing Saarinen’s work with contemporary design for the modern traveler.

Restoring the beloved building (a project led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects), constructing two brand new hotel wings behind it (designed by LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects) and building a 50,000-square-foot events center (by INC Architecture & Design) was a massive three-year-long endeavor. From the moment they step into one of the 512 guestrooms and suites designed by Stonehill Taylor, visitors to the TWA Hotel will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds, and ambiance. The TWA Hotel’s design approach provides guests with maximum comfort during a short airport stay.

What’s unique about it

When the TWA terminal opened in 1962, its immediate site and backdrop was a field of tarmac and open sky, but the needs of the contemporary airport have since emerged to encroach upon this celebrated landmark. After being dark for nearly two decades, the preservation and conversion of the world-renowned TWA Flight Center is a momentous event in the life of Eero Saarinen’s true modern icon, and marks a transformative step in the evolution of JFK Airport into a world-class, 21st-century gateway to visitors world over.

The collaborating design teams struck a delicate balance of honoring a master and creating a memorable destination for today’s travelers. Both American idealism and innovation were at their zenith when the TWA Flight Center opened in 1962, and its current-day design reflects this sense of excitement and appreciation, shared by everyone who touched the project. Restored and reimagined with the same care that Eero Saarinen devoted to his original design, no detail at the TWA Hotel went overlooked. From the millwork by Amish artisans to the original rotary phones or Solari board, these elements create a one-of-its-kind destination in dialogue with Saarinen’s masterpiece and a refined refuge for the modern traveler.

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Exterior image of the TWA Hotel, Restored by Beyer Blinder Belle, two brand new hotel wings behind designed by LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects.

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Designed by INC Architecture & Design, the 50,000 square foot event and ballroom space has been developed as a state-of-the-art gathering space, imbued with glamour of the period in American history when the Jet Age turned the world into a global village

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Double height, pre-function space of the events center designed by INC Architecture & Design.

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The room interiors by Stonehill Taylor restore the excitement for air travel by maximizing comfort during a short airport stay. Beds are positioned to let guests enjoy the rhythm of the runway or the glory of Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center. Stonehill Taylor

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The room interiors by Stonehill Taylor restore the excitement for air travel by maximizing comfort during a short airport stay. Beds are positioned to let guests enjoy the rhythm of the runway or the glory of Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center. Stonehill Taylor

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From the moment they step into one of the 512 guestrooms and suites designed by Stonehill Taylor, visitors to the TWA Hotel will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds, and ambiance.

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The rooms designed by Stonehill Taylor have a crisp white palette accented with warm walnut elements and brushed brass. Custom furnishings and lighting reference midcentury design.

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Sixties inspired elements can be found throughout the interiors of the guestrooms, including a martini bar and storage capabilities to accommodate guests who would not be likely to unpack.

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The main concourse of the TWA Hotel.

Credits:
Beyer Blinder Belle (Architects & Planners LLP)

Stonehill Taylor (Interior Design)

LUBRANO CIAVARRA (Architects)

INC (Architecture & Design)

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