Designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center was built for Trans World Airlines (TWA) 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 was restored by MCR and MORSE Development this past year. In May 2019, the monumental TWA Flight Center was reborn as the TWA Hotel. Restoring the beloved building (a project led by Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP), constructing two brand new hotel wings behind it (designed by LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects) and building a 50,000-square-foot event center (by INC Architecture & Design) was a massive three-year-long endeavor.
Stonehill Taylor was the exclusive interior designer for the hotel’s guestrooms, Sunken Lounge, and other public spaces. From the moment guests arrive, they find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds, and ambiance. Connected to the terminal through the original red-carpeted flight tubes, the guestrooms are designed to restore an excitement for travel, with Sixties-inspired elements including select furnishings, a martini bar, vintage rotary phone, and bathrooms with Hollywood-style vanities. In many of the rooms, beds are positioned to let guests enjoy the rhythm of the runway or the glory of the TWA Flight Center. For the Connie – a cocktail bar converted from a vintage plane – Stonehill Taylor married a contemporary guest experience with design details that evoke the glamour of 1960s air travel and the industrial marvel of aviation.
Collaborators: Architect of Record / Lobby Restoration: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP Richard Southwick, FAIA, LEED AP, | Partner-in-Charge, Director of Historic Preservation Miriam Kelly, RIBA, ARB, AABC | Principal, Preservation Architect Joe Gall, AIA, LEED AP |Senior Associate, Project Architect Susan Bopp, AIA | Associate, Project Architect
Design Architect for the New Hotel Buildings and Consulting Architects for the Overall Project: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects Anne Marie Lubrano, AIA | Partner Lea Ciavarra, AIA, LEED AP | Partner Dale Lunan | Associate Josh Barkan | Associate Heather Dela Cruz | Designer Event Spaces Interior Design: INC Architecture & Design Adam Rolston | Partner and Creative Director Drew Stuart | Partner and Field Director Gabriel Benroth | Partner and Studio Director Hilary Kroll | Project Manager and Senior Associate Louisa Revitte | Project Manager and Associate Sejung Kim | Architectural Designer Landscape Architecture: Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C Signe Nielsen | Principal Alexis Gagne | Landscape Architect Melissa How | Landscape Architect