You speak of heaven on earth, Jewel Changi Airport will make that dream come true. As the tagline goes by, it is definitely More than an Airport. The world inside the airport is magical and sets an epitome for all the airports around the world.
The airport opened on April 17th 2019, as a mixed-use development at Changi Airport.
The airport is built over the former open-air car park in front of Changi Airport Terminal 1. The handling capacity of the airport will incline upwards from 21-24 million passengers a year.
Design and Development:
Moshe Safdie led the team of architects to create the glass-and-steel facade. The design of Jewel is a combination of a marketplace and an urban park. The glass panels of the dome are framed in steel which rests on an intricate latticework. The glowing dome will make it visible from all surroundings during the night.
“The component of the traditional mall is combined with the experience of nature, culture, education and recreation, aiming to provide an uplifting experience. By drawing both visitors and local residents alike, we aim to create a place where the people of Singapore interact with the people of the world,” said Moshe Safdie, the lead architect.
The airport envelops a unique world inside itself. Consequently, the boutiques, restaurants and lounges have upscaled with forest and waterfall. Let’s explore more about it:
- Shiseido Forest Valley: The valley is five storeys tall, compiling houses and 3,000 trees. It is one of Singapore’s largest indoor collections of plants.
- HSBC Rain Vortex: The world’s tallest indoor waterfall, standing at 40 metres high. At night, the Rain Vortex becomes a stage for a light-and-sound show.
- Canopy Park: The 14,000 sq metres park is situated at the topmost level of Jewel. Canopy Park includes two interim parks: Topiary Walk and Petal Garden. The Topiary Walk will feature animal-shaped topiaries at every corner, while the Petal Garden will have blooming seasonal floral displays.
- Manulife Sky Nets: The sky is sort of children’s play hub. Situated in over 250 metres long, suspended 8 metres above ground at its highest point.
- Canopy Mazes: The Canopy Maze or Gallimaufry comprise of two mazes, situated at the eastern end of the Jewel complex: Hedge Maze and Mirror Maze.
- Discovery Slides: The slides featuring four integrated slides: two tube slides and two sliding surfaces.
- Canopy Bridge: The Canopy Bridge suspends over 23 metres above ground and will offer a view of the Rain Vortex.
- Foggy Bowls: The Foggy Bowls are four concave bowls with depths of between 30 cm and 65 cm. It creates an illusion of playing among clouds, people can jump in as well.