JFK's Abandoned TWA Terminal Looks Like The Set From A Retro Sci-Fi Movie

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 3:19PM
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 3:19PM
JFK's Abandoned TWA Terminal Looks Like The Set From A Retro Sci-Fi Movie
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Normally we wouldn't expect to find ourselves writing about an abandoned terminal at New York's JFK airport, but after one look at the image above, you'll understand why. Opened in 1962, JFK's TWA terminal was lauded by design critics and won a host of awards, but with the demise of TWA in the mid to late 90's, the iconic building was eventually abandoned. Since 2001, the interior has been, for the most part, completely untouched. But that all changed this past weekend when the doors were flung open as part of Open House New York.


So, why are we writing about it? Put simply, the more we look at images of this beautiful building, the more we're convinced that it could comfortably stand as a monument to some of our favorite science fiction moments...


These sprawling windows reminded us more than a little bit of that legendary bustling Mars set from the original Total Recall.

(Credit: Curbed/TriStar Pictures)


The departure board looks like the cheerful alien pilot from Flight of the Navigator.

(Credit: Tod Seelie/Gothamist/Disney)


The exterior of the building actually looks like the modern day Spaceport America in New Mexico.

(Credit: Wallyg - Flickr/Spaceport America)


The building's main hall is just a few mirrors, and a few colorful outfits away from resembling a scene from Logans Run.

(Credit: Archivision/MGM)


And then of course there are those passenger bridges. It's just impossible to walk down here without thinking of yourself as Dr. Bowman from 2001: A Space Odyssey.


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