After years of sitting dormant, the iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport is experiencing a rebirth. Arup was a key part of the team responsible for the comprehensive transformation of Eero Saarinen’s masterpiece, once known as the “Grand Central Station of the Jet Age”, into a 21st-century hotel.
On May 15, the first guests walked through the doors of the new TWA Hotel to experience its retro ambience, one-of-a-kind aerodynamic interiors, ultra-quiet rooms, roof top infinity pool and observation deck.
We worked with architecture firm Beyer Blinder Belle and developer MCR in faithfully restoring this modern architectural marvel to its original form, while ensuring its structural stability for generations to come. Arup’s structural engineering solutions seamlessly linked together the building’s complex geometry to its new use. Two new hotel room wings and a large two-story, below-grade events space were integrated into the hotel plan without compromising the original building’s signature features.
The TWA Hotel will cater to all, offering a range of amenities including a cafe run by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, an aviation history museum, and a 1958 Lockheed Constellation – “Connie” – plane converted into a cocktail bar.