Last night, while searching for flights to anywhere warm for a short getaway, I saw on JetBlue's website that their new home at JFK Int'l will be Terminal 5. Why is this announcement so special? Because "it means that Terminal 5, the gorgeous Eero Saarinen-designed space that used to be the TWA terminal, will reopen"
Joy x infinity!
Those in the design know will likely recognize Finnish architect Saarinen in connection with structures like St. Louis' Gateway Arch and MIT's Kresge Auditorium, as well as the iconic Tulip table + chairs he designed for Knoll. Terminal 5's future has been somewhat of a hot topic between the Municipal Art Society and Port Authority since its closing two years ago. Due to deficiencies in security features and limited accessibility for the handicapped, T5 will technically serve as an entrance to the new JetBlue building (which will be built behind T5, with tunnels connecting the two,) for those travelers who want to enter through the mid-century decadence of T5, or, and the Gothamist so succintly put it, experience "a glorious memory of what air travel used to be like when it was glamorous and exciting, versus the tension-fraught chore it seems now.
Want to see more? Me too...
check out these photos of the amazing Terminal 5 from lightningfield.com.
Now I'm defintely going to #53 this fall!