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The TWA Flight Center, also known as the Trans World Flight Center, opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed...
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The TWA Flight Center, also known as the Trans World Flight Center, opened in 1962 as the original terminal designed by Eero Saarinen for Trans World Airlines at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The TWA Terminal design incorporates elements of the Futurist, Neo-futurist, Googie and Fantastic architectural styles located at the middle of a curve in one of JFK Airport’s service roads, in front of the elevated AirTrain JFK people mover.

The purpose of architecture is to shelter and enhance man’s life on earth and to fulfill his belief in the nobility of his existence.

Eero Saarinen

The key collaborators from the Saarinen office included Kevin Roche, Cesar Pelli, Norman Pettula, and Edward Saad. Warren Platner was largely responsible for the interiors. To engineer the roof, Saarinen collaborated with Charles S. Whitney and Boyd G. Anderson of the firm Ammann & Whitney.

TWA Terminal

Eero Saarinen

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Two tube-shaped red-carpeted departure-arrival corridors extended outward from the terminal, connecting to the gates. Roche-Dinkeloo, a successor firm to Saarinen’s company, designed an expansion in 1970. The TWA Flight Center continued to operate as an air terminal until 2001.





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