Could This Become the Coolest Hotel Lobby in the World?

The Eero Saarinen-designed Terminal 5 at JFK has lain dormant since TWA moved out a decade ago, but now the Port Authority is trying to make it part of a new hotel.

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In our humble opinion, it just might become the coolest hotel in the world.

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An aerial view of the terminal the year it was built, 1961.

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The building is as much sculpture as structure.

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Saarinen, one of the greatest modernist American architects, wanted the building to evoke flight.

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Inside, there are almost no beams.

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The roof is simply one giant swooping piece of concrete.

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Saarinen designed every detail of the building...

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...including its notable arrivals and departures board.

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Some retro seating.

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This sign, atop a tunnel that led to the old gates, reads "to lobby and baggage." It would still be fitting for a new hotel.

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The tunnel, now dark, photographed during an art exhibition in 2004.

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The Port Authority wants to build the hotel between the old Terminal 5 (left) and the new one built by JetBlue (right). Aviation and preservation concerns could complicate that plan, though.

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