Bloom was created as a means of extending the existing Saarinen TWA terminal to accommodate a hotel. The new and old architecture act in a symbiotic parasitic relationship; while the existing terminal is able to benefit by accommodating new environmental systems, the addition benefits from becoming a component of the most famous piece of object architecture. The new hotel celebrates a more glamorous era in flight while still holding true to the futuristic motif of the building. A parti, which begins at the AirTran station and curves around the terminal, follows the radial geometry of the site, and creates a gentle curve which guides travelers toward the Saarinen terminal, eliminating the sense of urgency that has become ubiquitous with modern travel. The new structure is able to create a more direct line of travel between the parking garage, AirTran station, and terminal.
Project Partner: Ellie Hopen