Friday, January 19, 2018

Eero Saarinen: Trans World Airlines Flight Center, 1962

Architect Eero Saarinen works on his model of the Trans World Airlines Flight Center at JFK airport...

Eero Saarinen 

Eero Saarinen 

Eero Saarinen 

The Trans World Flight Center opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Saarinen's original design featured a prominent wing-shaped thin-shell roof over the headhouse (or main terminal); unusual tube-shaped red-carpeted departure-arrival corridors; and tall windows enabling expansive views of departing and arriving jets. The design straddles the Futurist, Neo-Futurist, "Googie," and Fantastic Architectural styles.

Architect Robert A. M. Stern has dubbed the TWA Flight Center the "Grand Central of the Jet Age." The pragmatic new encircling terminal has been called "hyper-efficient" and a "monument to human throughput."

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