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Originally opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport is a brilliant - and sadly, often overlooked - piece of architecture, designed by Eero Saarinen. One of his last works, completed posthumously, the TWA Flight Center was happily saved from the wrecking ball in 2003 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The lines, curves and flow of the design provide a completely unique experience for visitors, one which can have the effect of transporting one to a different time - a time when the aviation industry was proud, optimisitic and exclusive.

 

The Flight Center is the subject of a photographic essay by Michelle Young, which captures perfectly the feel and form of the space which now sits empty, awaiting approval for adaptive reuse. A number of agencies are involved in its preservation and eventual adaption - the space will likely become a hotel, although seperate wings will be added for rooms so as not to interfere with the original design. The TWA Flight Center is truly a wonderful architectural statement which should be celebrated and we very much look forward to its rejuventation.

 

Photographer - Michelle Young

Source - Untapped New York

Jack Smylie

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