John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM

John F. Kennedy International Airport – Terminal 4 / SOM

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  • 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
  • Architects In Charge:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  • Design Partner Emeritus:David Childs
  • Managing Partner:Anthony Vacchione
  • Planner:Derek Moore
  • City:New York
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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 By the mid 1990s, the facility had become cramped and outdated.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. 

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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. 

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Address:New York, NY, United States

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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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