TWA Hotel
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Ehemaliges TWA-Terminal am John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.JPG
The TWA Flight Center building, which will host the TWA Hotel
General information
StatusUnder construction
Town or cityNew York City
CountryUSA
Coordinates40°38′45″N 73°46′40″W / 40.64576°N 73.77771°W / 40.64576; -73.77771Coordinates: 40°38′45″N 73°46′40″W / 40.64576°N 73.77771°W / 40.64576; -73.77771
GroundbreakingDecember 15, 2016; 2 years ago (2016-12-15)
Estimated completionSpring 2019
Design and construction
Architecture firmBeyer Blinder Belle/Lubrano Ciavarra Architects
Other information
Number of rooms512
Number of restaurants6

TWA Hotel is a hotel under construction at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, United States. It utilizes the headhouse of the TWA Flight Center airline terminal, designed in 1962 by the architect Eero Saarinen. The TWA Hotel project will add two buildings on either side of the existing headhouse.

History

In 1994, the terminal was declared a city landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, which prevented its demolition. In 2005, the National Park Service listed it on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] The boarding gates were demolished when Terminal 5 occupied by JetBlue Airways was constructed.[2] In April 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that JetBlue and its partner, a hotel developer, were negotiating for the rights to turn the head house into a hotel.[3] In July 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed that the Saarinen building would be converted into a new on-site hotel for the airport's passengers.[4]

Groundbreaking took place on December 15, 2016, in a ceremony attended by Governor Cuomo, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and former employees of Trans World Airlines.[5] A topping out ceremony for the hotel's first tower was held in December 2017,[6][7] followed by the topping out of the second tower in March 2018.[8] The next month, a model hotel room built inside a JFK Airport hangar was shown to the press.[9] That October, a Lockheed Constellation L-1649 Starliner was shipped to the hotel site for conversion into a cocktail bar.[10][11] The Starliner arrived at the hotel site at the end of November.[12][13]

The hotel is expected to open on May 15, 2019.[14] The hotel started taking reservations in February 2019.[15]

Description

Morse Development is developing the site along with MCR, which operates middle-to-budget hotels in the United States. Upon opening, the hotel is expected to be the only hotel operating within the boundaries of JFK Airport.[16] Beyer Blinder Belle is the architectural firm responsible for renovating the terminal, while Lubrano Ciavarra Architects is the firm designing the two new buildings.[1][17]

The two buildings will contain a total of 512 rooms between them,[18] as well as a conference space, six to eight restaurants, and an aviation history museum.[1] There will also be a rooftop swimming pool and an observation deck with 10,000 square feet (930 m2) of floor space.[19][18] The developers have a 75-year lease with the state.[5] Many of the TWA Flight Center's original details, such as the custom ceramic floor tiles and the 486 variously-shaped window panels, are being replaced with replicas of the originals.[19][20] These details are intended to give the hotel a 1960s-era vibe, and include brass lighting, walnut-accented furnishings, and rotary phones. The hallways contain red carpeting, evocative of the color of the furniture in the original TWA lounge. However, the rooms would also contain modern amenities such as blackout curtains and multiple-pane soundproof windows.[20][18] The TWA Hotel will also include a cocktail lounge made from retired Lockheed L-1649 Starliner, nicknamed Connie.[12][13]

A sales office and exhibition center, located on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center,[1] is occasionally opened to the public.[17]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Gannon, Devin (September 29, 2017). "New details about JFK's TWA Hotel revealed, on track to open in 18 months". 6sqft. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Gensler Designing Jet Blue Terminal at JFK Airport". Architectural Record, August 10, 2004.
  3. ^ Karmin, Craig (April 14, 2015). "JetBlue Wants to Turn Former TWA Terminal Into Hotel". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  4. ^ Governor's Press Office (July 27, 2015). "Governor Cuomo Unveils Vision for Transformative Redesign of LaGuardia Airport" (Press release). State of New York. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Plitt, Amy (December 15, 2016). "TWA Terminal hotel celebrates groundbreaking with a new rendering". Curbed NY. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "TWA hotel at JFK Airport tops out". Queens Chronicle. December 21, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hotel Transformation of Saarinen's TWA Terminal Tops Out". ArchDaily. December 17, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "TWA hotel's second tower tops out at JFK". Queens Chronicle. March 29, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Plitt, Amy. "First look inside the TWA Hotel's sleek, midcentury-inspired rooms". Curbed. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rare Lockheed plane in Auburn getting a new life – as a cocktail lounge". Press Herald. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Constellation jet gets a flat during journey to JFK - Lewiston Sun Journal". Lewiston Sun Journal. 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  12. ^ a b Mauceri, Joe (November 29, 2018). "Vintage plane arrives at JFK, will be converted into retro cocktail lounge". WPIX 11 New York. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ a b Fox, Alison (November 29, 2018). "Sneak peek at TWA plane tapped for cocktail lounge". am New York. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Jasta, Happy (February 22, 2019). "TWA Hotel to Open in New York City's JFK Airport in May This Year". HomeCrux. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Potter, Everett (February 10, 2019). "JFK's TWA Hotel is Now Taking Reservations". Forbes. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  16. ^ Matthews, Karen (October 12, 2017). "Hotel at iconic TWA terminal will evoke glamour of jet age". USA TODAY. Retrieved December 26, 2017 – via Associated Press.
  17. ^ a b Plitt, Amy (September 29, 2017). "TWA Hotel unveils new renderings, retro-themed sales lounge". Curbed NY. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  18. ^ a b c Brown, Genevieve Shaw (April 17, 2018). "Step inside the brand new TWA hotel at JFK airport in New York City". ABC News. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  19. ^ a b Grabar, Henry (May 1, 2017). "Jet-Age Chic". The Atlantic. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Plitt, Amy (April 17, 2018). "TWA Hotel's rooms will combine the best of '60s style: first look". Curbed NY. Retrieved April 18, 2018.

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