TWA Flight Center: Songs About Buildings

Jamaica, Queens

Lounge in the TWA Hotel with red couches and a TWA signboard
Credit: Max Touhey

Songs About Buildings and Moods is a new video series exploring the intersection of music and architecture. The series skips the usual scientific and acoustical ways of thinking about music and architecture and instead asks, how does this building make us feel? How does this music make us feel?

Songs About Buildings and Moods combines stories about the cultural and historic relevance of the space, exquisitely shot video, and a live performance of a newly commissioned piece of music inspired by the space to create an immersive experience that invites you to see and hear this space in a totally new way.

The TWA Flight Center was designed by Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, a time of great optimism and belief in forward mobility. This iconic building embodies this Jet Age energy perfectly. After TWA went to corporate heaven, it sat unused for decades until it was revitalized and reopened as a stunning hotel. Stephanie Ann Boyd’s piece “Eero” captures the energy and optimism of the original flight center.

Eero Saarinen


John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK Access Road, One Idlewild Drive

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