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2 0 19 G O L D K E Y AWA R D S

JUDGES' SO COOL
WINNER

THE LOBBY AT THE
TWA HOTEL
JAMAICA, NEW YORK

THE DESIGN FIRMS: Stonehill Taylor, New York; Beyer Blinder

Belle Architects & Planners, LLP, New York
THE MUSE: Give guests a nonstop ticket to the sky's-the-limit
ethos of the Jet Age. Restore architect Eero Saarinen's landmark
Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center, which opened in 1962,
and reactivate it as a hotel. Take maximum advantage of the stunning geometric forms that welcome guests into the 65,000-sq.-ft.
lobby. Use every tool in the kit to create a seamless experience-
from the architecture and design to scents and sounds (yes, Frank
Sinatra is a soundtrack staple for the public space).

THE MAVERICK MOVE: Fast-forwarding Saarinen's aesthetic to

2019. It's doubtful this visionary architect would want to simply
reinvent the past. So, the design teams borrowed his blue-sky
thinking to create a food hall starring New York's most celebrated food truck operators in the north wing and blended his
design sensibility into two new upper lobby coffee bars that pair
ceramic penny tiles with Vermont Danby marble tops. The original Ambassador Club, TWA's first-class lounge located on the
north mezzanine, provides a number of private event and dining
spaces. The other mezzanine is fitted out as a high-end dining
experience, once again named the Paris Café, and designed by
Thomas Juul-Hansen, who heads his eponymous, New Yorkbased design firm. (That doesn't stop with the lobby. INC Architecture & Design looked to Saarinen's earlier, more rational-style
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work, as the basis for the simple geometries, structural clarity and orthogonal forms of the new structures that house 50,000 sq. ft. of gathering-style
event space and ballrooms.)
THE MESSAGE: Be ready for anything. Morse

acquired a vintage Lockheed Constellation "Connie"
L-1649A Starliner and challenged the team to
convert it into a glamorous cocktail lounge. Guests
can get a taste of what travel used to be as they relax
in refurbished vintage airplane seats, comfortable
banquette seating, and a "reveal" moment, where
they can glimpse the plane's original interior frame
encased in glass. Curious travelers can step into the
cockpit to experience the tech side of the Jet Age.

SOURCES
OWNER: Morse Development/MCR, New York; OPERATOR:
MCR, New York; DESIGN FIRMS: New York; Stonehill Taylor
(interior design for hotel rooms, select public areas), New
York: Michael Suomi, then principal (now head of Suomi
Design Works); Sara Duffy, senior interiors associate; DeeDee
Sanchez, interiors associate; Lauren Gorgano, Christopher
Solek, Clive Kuo, interior designers; Steven Eshleman, director
of industrial design; Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
(project architect, preservation architect, and interior designer
of select public areas), New York; INC Architecture & Design
(conference center, event space and ballroom design);
ARCHITECT: Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP,
New York; Lubrano Ciavarra Architects, New York (guestroom
buildings); PURCHASING COMPANY: The Parker Company,
Miami; GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Turner Construction
Company, New York; DESIGN CONSULTANTS: Cooley Monato
Studio (Lighting), New York; Jaros, Baum &Bolles Consulting
Engineers, New York; ARCHITECTURAL MATERIALS:
Bendheim; Benjamin Moore; Design and Direct Source;
Durkan; European Granite & Marble; Hilltop Woodworking/
WSA Hospitality; Nemo Tile & Stone; Sherwin-Williams; ART &
ACCESSORIES: Duggal VisualSolutions; BATH & SPA: Kohler;
Majestic Mirror; Stone Resource; FABRICS: Anzea; Cortina
Leather; KnollTextiles; Maharam; Spinneybeck; Valley Forge
Fabrics; FLOORCOVERINGS: Innovative Carpet; Zenith Rugs;
LIGHTING: HB Lighting

DAV I D M I T C H E L L

THE MAGIC: Do your homework; then do more homework.
Client Tyler Morse, ceo, MCR Development, directed the architecture/design teams to retain signature aspects of the flight
center such as the TWA-red Sunken Lounge on the ground floor
and many of the original materials. Problem 1: Saarinen's lounge
had long since been removed. Research revealed the existence
of the original shop drawings that were then used to create a
faithful reconstruction. "We found some 1960s photographs
that showed the custom TWA-red fabrics, the carpeting and the
Naugahyde trim on the curved banquette-type seating," says Sara
Duffy, senior interiors associate, Stonehill Taylor. "To complement that, we introduced new Saarinen-inspired tulip tables
and stools to further transform the space from its former use as
a waiting area into a sophisticated cocktail lounge." Problem 2:
The ½-in.-diameter mosaic ceramic tiles that form the predominant finish in the main lobby space had to be restored in place
and "supplemented." "We had to add 3.5 million new pieces," says
Duffy. "Substitutions weren't possible since the complex flowing
geometries of the floors, walls and soffits are only possible with
this type of miniature tile." Good thing there was a $65 million
budget for the lobby.


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