Not a month after architecture geeks and Jet Age preservationists mourned the demise of JFK Airport's saucer-like PanAm terminal did news emerge that the NYC airport's other midcentury monolith, its alternative insignia of the Jetsons era, will get a new lease on life as a clubby hotel, a quintessentially modern stay-over produced by swank hotel scion André Balazs. Once the TWA Terminal, the building—a slick, sloping space reminiscent of a minimalist paper airplane—was a 1962 project of midcentury stud (and Mad Men favorite) Eero Saarinen, and while American architect Robert A.M. Stern once called it the "Grand Central of the jet age," the space has been basically empty since 2001.
What exactly does Balazs have in store for the terminal, a building he once called "a masterpiece by my personal architectural hero"? It's to be The Standard, Flight Center—the commas make it trendy, see—and will be subdivided into hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, a museum, and conference facilities. While the timeline for the project remains, for now, enshrouded in a fog of mystery, the city's Port Authority agency has been trying for years to revitalize the space, and are reportedly "look[ing] forward to ... a presentation of a final vision."
I hope the rooms are furnished with earplugs.