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Refurbishment in Architecture

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John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM

  • 19:00 - 18 January, 2019
  • Curated by Martita Vial
John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM
John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM, © Douglas Spranger
© Douglas Spranger

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  • Architects

  • Location

    New York, NY, United States
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Design Partner Emeritus

    David Childs
  • Managing Partner

    Anthony Vacchione
  • Planner

    Derek Moore
  • Area

    1500.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Client

    JFK IAT Project Team JFK International Airport
  • Construction Manager

    Morse/Diesel (now AMEC)
  • Baggage Handling

    Chermayeff & Geismer Associates
  • Landscape / Irrigation

    Judith Heintz Landscape Architecture
  • Cost Estimating

    Hanscomb Associates
  • Acoustics

    Ove Arup & Partners
  • Lighting

    SBLD Studio
  • Art Consultant

    Wendy Feuer Public Arts & Design Consultant
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Douglas Spranger
© Douglas Spranger

Text description provided by the architects. In 1957, SOM designed the former International Arrivals Building for New York's Idlewild Airport (not ehe John F. Kennedy International Airport). By the mid 1990s, the facility had become cramped and outdated. SOM led a revitalization effort to create a spacious new building that could meet the needs of modern air travel. 

© Douglas Spranger
© Douglas Spranger

The resulting terminal - a three- level facility able to serve seven million passengers yearly - reasserted JFK's status as the preeminent gateway to North America. Considered at the time of its completion to be a model terminal for the 21st century, the building embraces efficiency and functionality as exciting elements of the travel experience. 


The steel-and-glass-span building recalls the tradition of great civi transportation hubs. A sweeping roof with linear skylights admits daylight, saving a considerable amount of energy. The addition of two-level roadways (one for pick-ups, one for drop offs) facilitates a smooth flow of traffic outside the building. Inside, a clear layout and improved signage enable passengers to easily navigate the vast terminal. 

© Douglas Spranger
© Douglas Spranger

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Cite: "John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM" 18 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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