The blog Contemporist has a post up with tantalizing pictures of the (formerly TWA but now) Jet Blue Flight center.
Terminal 5, as it is known at JFK airport ,is one of my favorite buildings of all time. Its dramatic swooping exterior suggests it is in permanent motion, which is quite a feat for steel wrapped in concrete. In 2001 the building fell into disuse as those who appreciated it pondered how to keep it in circulation. Luckily it was bought up a few years later by the aesthetically conscious bargain airline JetBlue to expand their presence at the busy hub. They’ll be re-opening in just a couple months on October 1st, right in the middle of an well-timed retrospective of its architect, Eero Saarinen’s work at Minneapolis’ Walker Art center.
The photo posted by Contemporist shows an interior that at least suggests the oh-so-midcentury curves and undulations of the former lounges that graced the cavernous monument. Other photos found in New York Magazine are not quite as considerate of the buildings past. That is appropriate as the the rehabilitation of the building has been hit-and-miss from a preservation perspective. Modern comfort and security needs dictated many changes. The most starling of these was the amputation of one of the terminals eating places the, Trumpet lounge in one architectural historian called a “stupid, stupid move“
Despite the controversy is is good to know the landmark will re-open with at least some of its integrity intact. I wish I could be their on opening day.
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