Winner in Interior Design Hotel – Midscale & Lifestyle
DeeDee Sanchez & Lauren Gorgano
May 15, 2019
Beyer Blinder Belle; Lubrano Ciavarra
Stonehill Taylor, INC Architecture & Design
Originally designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center was built for Trans World Airlines by Howard Hughes, epitomizing the glamour and optimism of the Jet Age. Designated a New York City landmark in 1994, the treasured 216,000-square-foot terminal has been reborn as the TWA Hotel in May 2019, referencing Saarinen’s work with contemporary design adopted for the modern traveler.
From the moment they step into one of the 512 guest rooms, suites, and select public spaces designed by Stonehill Taylor, visitors to the TWA Hotel will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962's rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds, and ambiance.
The Sunken Lounge was reconstructed from original shop drawings and 1960’s photographs that honor and revitalize the original space. Its expansive glass curtain walls afford views to the restored L-1649A Lockheed Constellation plane—now a cocktail lounge named Connie—that sits on the tarmac adjacent to the Sunken Lounge, also designed by Stonehill Taylor.
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