By Hans Baldauf, FAIA
In previous blog posts I have written about the early years at John F. Kennedy Airport - the elegance of flight in the 1960's - and mourned the loss of the Pan Am Worldport and I.M. Pei's National Terminal. It was therefore thrilling to be able to tour the TWA Hotel under construction while at the AIA convention in mid-June.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has spent over a decade to attract the hotel developer to create a destination and conference hotel which uses Saarinen's Hotel as its lobby and public spaces. A large ballroom is located below grade just outside the main window wall on the runway side of the building. The presence of the airplane is to be achieved through the placement of a Lockheed Constellation on top of the roof of the ballroom.