Andre Balazs Says 'No Can Do' to a Hotel at the TWA Flight Center
The story that is sending everyone to the office water cooler--it was announced that entrepreneur/hotelier Andre Balazs will NOT be developing a hotel in the world-famous architectural icon that is the TWA Flight Center at JFK. Previous negotiations between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Andre Balazs Properties have fallen through, and we have little more information than that. Design-savvy Balazs was to develop a Standard Hotel beneath the lightweight concrete “wings” of the former TWA building, designed over 50 years ago by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen.
The re-development of the TWA Flight Center was also to incorporate a conference center, retail, and of course, a flying museum. This is an unquestionably daunting task for any developer, especially given that the project involves an international airport. Again, little is being said about the status of this project going forward.
Keep reading to see who we think should operate a hotel inside the historic terminal instead!
The Port Authority is reportedly in talks with other major brands, as in Starwood International (W perhaps?) and Trump International, and it could be some time before anything becomes newly official. But we can totally visualize a Virgin Hotel in this eternally hip setting. What say you, Sir Branson?
Saarinen’s building is recognized and loved around the world -- and the world will just have to wait a
little lot longer to spend the night. Keep the water coolers filled, as we will all be gathering there again.