August 10, 2004
Image Courtesy Gensler
After years of negotiation, Jet Blue
Airlines has developed a scheme with the Port Authority of
New York and New Jersey for a new terminal at JFK Airport
in New York City.
The sleek 625,000 square-foot structure,
designed by Gensler, will include 26 gates, and is expected
to accommodate about 20 million passengerts a year. It will
sit next to Eero Saarinens famous TWA terminal, whose
future program, Gensler officials say, is still undetermined
(although a renovation is scheduled shortly).
The two terminals will be connected via
pedestrian tubes. The new terminal will feature a trim, contemporary
profile of taut metal and glass that is meant to keep a low
profile next to the Saarinen building, which is regarded as
a classic of modern architecture. Built between 1956 and 1962,
TWA features soaring, radically curved concrete wings that
help make the building reminiscent of a bird in flight. The
Port Authority had originally planned for TWA to fall out
of use before vociferous protests from groups like the Municipal
Arts Society helped lead it toward a different destiny. Construction
on the new terminal is set to begin this fall, and opening
is scheduled for 2008.