Eero Saarinen’s midcentury TWA Terminal is approaching its next destination as the TWA Hotel. The second of the hotel’s two wings has topped out and installation is underway on the seven-panel soundproof exterior glass cladding, putting the hotel’s ambitious spring 2019 opening in sight.
The hotel’s north wing topped out three months ago, exactly one year after developer MCR along with former TWA employees, elected officials, and Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the 505-key hotel’s groundbreaking.
Saarinen’s 200,000-square-foot headhouse will serve as the hotel’s lobby and is undergoing a restoration by Beyer Blinder Belle. The Lubrano Ciavarra-designed addition will include a rooftop pool, an observation deck, 50,000-square-feet of event space, eight bars and restaurants, and a museum of TWA memorabilia including uniforms and David Klein destination posters.
Hotel guests and passengers from each terminal will have easy access to the TWA Hotel via the AirTrain, as well as through the Saarinen-designed passenger tubes that connect directly to JFK’s Terminal 5.