When it opened in 1962, the TWA Flight
Center at New York's JFK airport was a sensation. Created by Eero
Saarinen with a distinctly birdlike design, it was instantly seen as a
striking emblem of the romance of air travel. More than half a century
later, it remains a beloved icon of modern architecture.
TWA is the first book to tell the whole story of Saarinen's building,
from its early planning through its closing in 2001 after the takeover
of TWA by American Airlines. Documenting the terminal's commission,
planning, building, and use, architect Kornel Ringli reveals the
constant tension between the operational needs of the airline and
Saarinen's visionary imaginings revealing the TWA building as an
incredible architectural achievement that nonetheless failed to meet the
day-to-day demands of the business it housed. Lavishly illustrated with
archival photographs, Designing TWA is an unprecedented look behind
the scenes at the making of a modern masterpiece.
About the Author
Kornel Ringli is an architect and freelance architectural publicist who lives in Zurich.