JetBlue Opens T5 Rooftop at JFK

Gensler-designed T5 Rooftop offers a unique place for kids to play, people to enjoy the Manhattan skyline, and the first airside pet walk area, all on a rooftop.

The Luxonomist. 20/07/2015
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JetBlue T5 Rooftop, designed by Gensler, Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) . (Photo: Photo: Gensler)

JetBlue opens T5 Rooftop, designed by Gensler, atop Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport. Open to everyone who clears security at the terminal, T5 Rooftop will offer customers spectacular views of Manhattan and the adjacent TWA Terminal from an enviable vantage point: an outdoor roof deck at the airport.

In keeping with the vision for all of Terminal 5, the design emphasizes well-being and offers customers unexpectedly delightful places to spend time at the airport. Even traveling pets will enjoy the park, as it boasts the first airside, post-security dog walk area on a rooftop.

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JetBlue T5 Rooftop, designed by Gensler, Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) . (Photo: Photo: Gensler)

T5 Rooftop is a seamless extension of Gensler’s award-winning design for T5 (which opened in 2008) and T5i (an international extension, which opened in November 2014), and was built in collaboration with Arup, Turner Construction, and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The 4,046-square-foot rooftop includes landscaped green spaces, seating for 50 people, a 400-square-foot children’s play area and a dedicated 400-square-foot dog-walk area.

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JetBlue T5 Rooftop, designed by Gensler, Terminal 5 (T5) at John F. Kennedy (JFK) . (Photo: Photo: Gensler)

“We are New York’s Hometown Airline, so T5 was designed to show off the pride we have for our city. We brought many elements of our city into T5, including the new T5 Rooftop. As rooftops and summer fun go hand in hand in New York, we wanted to bring this unique feature to customers traveling through T5,” said Rich Smyth, vice president, corporate real estate, JetBlue. 

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JetBlue T5 Rooftop, designed by Gensler, Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy (JFK) . (Photo: Photo: Gensler)

Gensler designed T5 Rooftop with a particular focus on passenger well-being.  Passengers will have access to views of the city and a breath of fresh air in the most unexpected of places, a rooftop at the airport. Unlike other rooftop clubs at U.S. airports, the park is open to all customers who clear security at T5, not just VIPs or “elite-status” flyers.

“Gensler’s design strategy was to look for ways to make the most of moments that travelers take for granted, and part of that is seeking out spaces at the airport that designers typically overlook. The roof park is yet another way to surprise JetBlue customers with fun experiences that you don’t usually have at an airport,” said Gensler architect and Principal Ty Osbaugh.

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The primary hall offers JetBlue customers natural daylight and a view outside. (Photo: Gensler)

Guided by JetBlue’s mission to bring humanity back to air travel, Gensler’s design includes many customer friendly design elements for which T5 is known:

  • Sustainable design with a focus on well-being features native plantings and recycled content materials;
  • The modern, timeless and clean design features a wood roof deck, aluminum furniture and planters, and playful contemporary landscape design, all in keeping with the JetBlue brand;
  • Features that travelers love in T5 continue atop the terminal at the park: customers will have access to free Wi-Fi and three food and beverage carts/kiosks from Blue Marble ice cream, Hebrew National hot dogs, and more.

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