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Amazing. They don't design buildings like this anymore, certainly not airport terminals:

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/06/30/explore_the_twa_terminal_a_pristine_time_capsule_from_1962.php
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2015, 06:04:18 pm »

I saw this when you first posted.  I love that building.  It was new when I first saw it, when I flew there from Nebraska at the beginning of college, and I saw it many more times after that.  

I had (and still have) a deep interest in architecture, and the building was really thrilling to see.  

Eero Saarinen was the architect.  He did a lot of great work.
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2015, 08:29:56 pm »

The photography is equally impressive.

Now, let's see the "then and now" side-by-side;-)
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2015, 06:46:53 am »

Didn't I see some of these spaces used for sets on 2001: A Space Oddysey?

If not, then there are some remarkable likenesses.
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2015, 09:43:40 am »

Eero Saarinen was the architect.  He did a lot of great work.

For sure. Sadly, he died before the TWA Flight Center was opened in 1962 (though it was largely complete well before then and I'm sure he got to see it mostly-done).
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2015, 09:58:11 am »

Didn't I see some of these spaces used for sets on 2001: A Space Oddysey?

It certainly does look like it, but I don't think it was actually used anywhere for filming. That said, I think it is obvious that Kubrick took some inspiration for designs from the TWA Terminal (and TWA is, of course, even used in 2001).


Click to embiggen.


I also don't think it was an accident that the terminal on the space port (shown above) was called Space Station 5, while the TWA Terminal was well known as Terminal 5 (or T5). But who knows.

Certainly this shot would not look at all odd in 2001:
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Re: Explore the TWA Terminal, a Pristine Time Capsule From 1962
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2015, 04:45:41 pm »

It certainly does look like it, but I don't think it was actually used anywhere for filming. That said, I think it is obvious that Kubrick took some inspiration for designs from the TWA Terminal (and TWA is, of course, even used in 2001).


Click to embiggen.

Even though they're not one from Eero Saarinen, love the Djinn Chairs. The pedestal tables were one of his.
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