2019 Best of Design Award winner for Adaptive Reuse: TWA Hotel
Designer: Beyer Blinder Belle
Location: New York City

Eero Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is among the most significant examples of midcentury modern architecture in the world, but the landmark terminal had been subjected to a series of compromising alterations and additions, and critical maintenance had been deferred. Beyer Blinder Belle has been involved with the building for over two decades, first as an advocate to save it from demolition, then as the overall project architect for its restoration and adaptive reuse as a full-service airport hotel. This intervention involved the construction of two seven-story hotel wings, designed by Lubrano Ciavarra Architects with interior design by Stonehill Taylor, and an underground conference center with meeting rooms and a banquet hall by INC Architecture & Design, which are arrayed around the historic terminal.

Adaptive Reuse Architect: Beyer Blinder Belle
Lighting Design: Cooley Monato Studio
Project Developer: MCR Design
Architect for Hotel Buildings: Lubrano Ciavarra Architects
Event Space Interior Design: INC Architecture & Design

Honorable Mentions 

Project Name: Redfox Commons
Designer: LEVER Architecture

Exterior of commercial building clad in corrugated steel

Adaptive Reuse: Honorable Mention: Redfox Commons (Jeremy Bittermann)

Project Name: Senate of Canada Building
Designer: Diamond Schmitt

A glass volume inserted into a limestone building

Adaptive Reuse: Honorable Mention: Senate of Canada Building (Tom Arban)

Editors’ Picks

Project Name: 10 Jay
Designer: ODA New York

Project Name: SOM’s Manufacturers Hanover Trust Floor 3
Designer: Inaba Williams

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