Designed by Eero Saarinen and built in 1962, terminal 5 became obsolete due to the growth in air traffic and more drastic security conditions; the TWA Flight Center at New York - John F. Kennedy will assume a new purpose starting in 2018.Beyer Blinder Belle were chosen to complete this project while respecting the emblematic silhouette of the TWA Flight Center, closed since 2001. Beyer Blinder Belle was in charge of renovations at Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal and the Empire State Building lobby - and its restoration efforts at TWA Flight Center have already received the Excelsior Award for Public Architecture from the AIA New York State.
The future property, which is scheduled for completion at the end of the year 2018, should be operated under the name TWA Flight Center Hotel, or TWA Hotel. Directly connected to the rest of the airport, the address will include six to eight dining options, and close to 4,000 m² dedicated to events. This project was made possible through a public-private partnership between MCR Development and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Based in New York, MCR has a portfolio of 88 hotels, including the High Line Hotel in Chelsea. The building conversion project was approved in November 2015 following certification delivered by the City Planning Commission.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2005, the TWA Center is a symbol of the airport and an homage to the development of civil aviation. Its designer, American architect and designer of Finnish origin, Eero Saarinen, gave rise to projects such as the emblematic Gateway Arch of Saint Louis, the chapel at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dulles International Airport.
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