Singapore’s Changi Airport adds another ‘Jewel’ in the Crown
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Published: May 16, 2019

admin | Project News | 16 May, 2019

    Singapore’s Changi Airport adds another ‘Jewel’ in the Crown

    Jewel is a mixed-use architectural marvel built to enhance Changi Airport’s offerings and to attract visitors from all over the world. Designed by a consortium of designers led by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects, the aim of building the new iconic structure is to create a place that will enable Changi Airport to capture tourism mindshare and strongly boost Singapore’s appeal as a stopover point for global travellers.

     

    Image © RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Image © RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Singapore is known for its tourism but 30% of the people coming through Changi Airport do not visit Singapore. The government wants to draw passengers on connecting flights and give them a taste of what Singapore has to offer and create more opportunities for Singapore. Also, as Jewel is located on the landside, local residents are expected to visit Jewel too.

     

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    While many architects focus on designing an outward fancy structure and form of a building, Moshe Safdie designed a gleaming torus-shaped glass structure ‘Jewel’ with much of its beauty within the 13700 sqm structure. Safdie believes in a long-life ‘Wow’ than a 10-minute ‘Wow’. As the executive architect and civil & structural engineer for Jewel, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers executed the iconic design of Jewel and contributed to a new paradigm for community-centric airport design.

     

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

     

    View of Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex from the South Viewing Deck. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    View of Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex from the South Viewing Deck. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Over four years, Changi Airport Group and real estate giant CapitaLand transformed what was previously a 3.5-hectare open-air car park of Terminal 1 into an epic, multifaceted, SGD $ 1.7 Billion 10-storey complex consisting of five stories above ground and five more below. Conceived to serve the people of Singapore and travellers equally, the building is directly connected to the airport’s Terminal 1. It is also accessible from Terminals 2 and 3 via pedestrian bridges, and the interterminal train crosses through the gardens, giving visitors with limited time a glimpse into the Shiseido Forest Valley.

     

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Image ©RSP Architects Planner & Engineers.

    Inside the Jewel glass dome, stands the 130-feet HSBC Rain Vortex which is the world’s tallest indoor waterfall. The waterfall drops from an oculus from Jewel’s roof. Designed by WET Design, the HSBC Rain Vortex becomes a stage for an enchanting light-and-sound show at night. The Rain Vortex can channel 10,000 gallons of water per minute. Rainwater is funnelled into the waterfall and harvested for building services and landscape irrigation systems.

     

    View of the Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex from Terminal 1. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    View of the Shiseido Forest Valley and HSBC Rain Vortex from Terminal 1. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Other major attractions include the Shiseido Forest Valley and the Canopy Park. The Shiseido Forest Valley is one of Singapore’s largest climate-controlled indoor gardens spanning 4 storeys. There are more than 2,000 trees and 100,000 shrubs across 120 species in Jewel. Jewel’s glass facade is designed to maximize the light that reaches the building while preventing it from getting too hot inside, to ensure that the plants have the ideal conditions to grow in. The 14000 sqm Canopy Park at the topmost level of Jewel houses recreation and leisure attractions. There are other play attractions such as mazes and slides that have been designed by consultants from Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Singapore. Children and the young at heart can jump on a 250m-long bouncing net, which at its highest point is suspended 8m or three storeys above ground.

     

    Discovery Slides at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Discovery Slides at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

     

    Hedge Maze at Canopy Park. Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Hedge Maze at Canopy Park. Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    The Canopy park features the Canopy Bridge, a bridge, suspended 23m above ground and at 50m long, comes with glass flooring in the centre section, with mist effects coming out at the two ends of the bridge. There is also a YOTELAIR with 130 cabins in Jewel.

     

    Manulife Sky Nets at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Manulife Sky Nets at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

     

    Topiary Walk at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Topiary Walk at Canopy Park. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Jewel is home to over 280 shops and food and beverage outlets. Visitors will be spoiled for choice by the range of shopping and dining outlets. Jewel houses the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia and India that spans more than 1000 sqm. Fans of Pokemon can also look forward to the first Pokemon retail store outside of Japan. Cinema-goers will be delighted as Shaw Theatres has opened a cineplex with 11 screens, including a digital IMAX theatre.

     

    Night View of the Crystal Clouds art installation. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Night View of the Crystal Clouds art installation. Image © Jewel Changi Airport Devt.

    Jewel is the most ambitious expansion plan of Changi Airport to date, which comes with a variety of offerings including gardens and attractions, extensive retail and dining options, a hotel and airport facilities. The building extends Changi Airport’s principal function as a transit hub, to a public gathering space for Singaporeans and international travellers. It is able to establish a new model for airports as distinct destinations for entertainment, leisure, shopping, and social activities.

     

     

     

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