Miriam Kelly, RIBA ARB AABC, Principal, BEYER BLINDER BELLE
100 Washington Square East (entrance on Waverly Place)
Since its opening in 1962, the expressive form of Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center has helped define the modern airport terminal and served as a visual metaphor for flight. Conceived immediately before the advent of the jet age, the Terminal was designed for smaller aircraft and underwent a number of modifications to adapt to the rapidly changing aviation industry. When Trans World Airlines ceased operations in 2001, the Terminal was closed and threatened with demolition. Having worked for over 20 years to stabilize and protect the building, Beyer Blinder Belle has led the recently completed $265m project to adapt the site to a new use. The redevelopment of the TWA Flight Center restores the integrity of the 1962 landmark and reactivates the site as a hotel, restaurant and events space.
Sponsored by the NYU M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture and the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Metropolitan Chapter