Daily Life

Check-in at the TWA Hotel

4. Mai 2018

Tyler Morse officially revealed the model guest room for the TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 17, 2018. The TWA Hotel, opening in spring 2019, will restore Eero Saarinen’s treasured 1962 TWA Flight Center to its Jet Age glory

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Set in two low-rise buildings, the TWA Hotel’s 512 ultra-quiet, Sixties-inspired guest rooms feature authentic Saarinen-designed midcentury modern Knoll furnishings, martini bars, vintage rotary phones and gleaming terrazzo-tiled bathrooms with Hollywood-style vanities. Accessible through Saarinen’s iconic flight tubes made famous by the 2002 lm Catch Me If You Can, the rooms designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor are accented with warm wood elements and brushed brass.

“From the moment guests and visitors arrive at the TWA Hotel, they will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds and ambiance. The attention to the smallest of details permeates the entire guest room experience, paying homage to the magnificent landmark and special time in American history,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development. “The rooms will provide unparalleled style and comfort to our guests as well as powerful views of Saarinen’s terminal or flights preparing for takeoff through floor-to-ceiling, full-width, soundproofed windows.”

“We envisioned a refined guest experience in dialogue with Saarinen’s masterpiece, a serene refuge from which to enjoy views onto one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Michael Suomi, Principal at Stonehill Taylor. “Ultimately we wanted the TWA Hotel room to help create the level of excitement for and pride in aviation that travelers once felt during the rise of the industry.”

Some really nice features are:

✈ Martini bar: Each room features a glamorous bar custom built from walnut, glass, mirrors, brushed brass and crystallized glass and stocked with all the ingredients for a perfect cocktail hour. In the model room, Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut Champagne and Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac are displayed with the essentials for mixing an o cial Belvedere 007 Martini with Belvedere Vodka.

✈ Authentic Knoll furnishings like Saarinen’s iconic Womb Chair, upholstered in red Knoll fabric, sits beside a 16-inch round white Saarinen Pedestal tulip side table. An armless Saarinen Executive Chair wrapped in tan leather is tucked into the custom walnut, brass and crystallized glass desk.

✈ Vintage rotary phone. Guests can make unlimited free international and local calls on a 1950s Western Electric 500 phone retro fitted with a pulse to tone converter by Old Phone Works.

✈ Hollywood-style bathroom. The star of the terrazzo-tiled bathroom is a custom Hollywood vanity with bubble lights inspired by Philip Johnson’s iconic ladies’ lounge in New York City’s former Four Seasons restaurant. The glass-enclosed shower with linear drain is subway-tiled in white with midnight blue trim.

Images: David Mitchell (6); Max Touhey (4); MCR (1)

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 to represent the era’s excitement of travel. The TWA Flight Center was designated a New York City landmark in 1994 and, after its closure in 2001, was listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places in 2005. MCR and MORSE Development are restoring the treasured 200,000-square-foot building into the heart of the TWA Hotel.


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