Thursday, February 10, 2011

Outdated Modern Masterpiece?

Who in god's name would ever think about remodeling this airport terminal?!  Eero Saarinen's TWA airport terminal has been closed for at least 10 years.  JetBlue replaced this terminal with a new Terminal 5, located directly behind this masterpiece.

I would like to know what people think is "outdated."  Maybe because it looks like a stealth bomber?  Or maybe because it is constructed of concrete where as most "modern" buildings today are in a race to get LEED certification; consisting mostly of glass, steel, and wood.

The word "outdated" is only established with the year this terminal was created: 1956.  Falling under the category of Mid-century Modernism only because it was constructed in the middle of the century.  What would people call this if it were constructed today?  Look at Zaha Hadid's, Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion, in New York City.  Obviously not the same type of building material but Hadid certainly didn't use any straight lines.  To me it looks like a spaceship.

Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal has been out of use for a 10 years.  Why?  I haven't the foggiest clue.  Now, it is in the process of potentially being turned into a hotel lobby that would be constructed in between it and the new Terminal 5.  Lets hope that whoever grabs this project won't completely ruin what Saarinen conceived of.

Zaha Hadid- Chanel Mobile Arts Pavilion, NY, NY
Eero Saarinen- TWA Terminal 5, JFK International Airport, NY

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