Monday, March 16, 2020

The TWA Hotel at JFK

It was quite an experience, a return to circa 1962, to stay at this amazing property, based on the design of Eero Saarinen, the brilliant Finnish American architect who designed it as the TWA Flight Center Terminal at what was then called Idlewild Airport.

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https://www.twahotel.com/

Saarinen supposedly came up with the bulging roof design after fiddling with a grapefuit one morning at breakfast. "Eero was eating breakfast one morning and using the rind of his grapefruit to describe the terminal shell. He pushed down the centre to mimic the depression that he desired, and the grapefruit bulged. This was the seed for the bulges in the shell."

This is a remarkably similar story to that of the Sydney Opera House architect who envisioned that famous roof while cutting an orange into segments. Should we call it the citrus inspiration effect?







Our room...



Our phone...



Connie...





Dinner at the Paris Cafe...



A tasty sushi with crunchy rice inside...



A quiet flight home on Alaska Airlines #7 JFK-SEA and an Avis rental to whisk ourselves home...



It’s good to be home. We’re going to hunker down for awhile.






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