Eero Saarinen‘s famous JFK terminal is a masterpiece of contemporary architecture, but as a flight terminal, the building has fallen a bit behind the times. Largely unoccupied since 2001, the iconic building has left many wondering what would become of it. Last week, hotelier Andre Balazs announced that he would be turning the terminal into a hotel and changing the name from the TWA Flight Center to the Standard, Flight Center.
The new hotel would include a conference center, meeting facilities, retail space, a spa and a flight museum to honor the building’s heritage and will become a part of the Standard Hotel family. “It is a great honor to be entrusted with the preservation and revitalization of this masterpiece by my personal architectural hero,” said Balazs in an interview with Page Six.
Balazs is still waiting for final approval from Port Authority, who contacted him about the opportunity, and there is no timeline in place as of right now. “The Port Authority is committed to preserving the essence of [Saarinen’s] iconic design and to continuing to work with [Balazs Properties] on a plan to transform the historic TWA Flight Center into a one-of-a-kind hotel and conference centre in the heart of JFK’s central terminal area,” said Pat Foye, director at Port Authority, to Page Six. It will be exciting to see what becomes of the historic space.