Next year, John F. Kennedy International Airport will open a brand-new luxury terminal for the 70,000 animals flying to and from New York, SCMP reports.
“The ARK at JFK, its name inspired by Noah’s biblical vessel, will more than measure up to terminals for humans: Horses and cows will occupy sleek, climate-controlled stalls with showers, and dogs will lounge in hotel suites featuring flat-screen TVs. A special space for penguins will allow them mating privacy,”
Costing US$48 million (HK$372 million) and covering 178,000 square feet, the world’s first air terminal created for animals will welcome all types of animals, including those less common or with more stringent needs. The animals will then depart from The ARK to competitions, barns, racetracks and various other venues around the world.
A 20,000-square-foot dog “resort” run by Paradise 4 Paws will include bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with coloured nail pawlish”.
Cornell University’s veterinary college will offer a 24-hour clinic for cats. There will be trees for the cats to climb as well.
Cliff Bollmann, a leading airport architect for The ARK said, “A lot of our design-making is in collaboration with veterinarians and consultants to help minimize the amount of stress placed on the animal.”
Designers for The ARK have faced challenges different from all their previous projects; they had to make plans for the disposal of animal waste, and finally the innovative “poo chute”, a floor at an angle where waste can slide into a container, was established.
The ARK will reside in the airport’s now demolished and originally unused cargo terminal.
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