CLADmag issue2 2019

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he Moshe Safdie-designed Jewel Changi Airport – an atmospheric leisure complex and air terminus

in Singapore – has finally opened its doors to the public. The result of a four-year construction process, the US$1.25bn

(€1.1bn, £958m) structure is roofed by a unique glass and steel geodesic dome that links to its crowning feature, a 40-metre-tall


US$1.2bn leisure airport with tallest indoor waterfall opens in Singapore

waterfall dubbed the ‘Rain Vortex’. Moshe Safdie said his design was partly inspired by the science fiction film Avatar

The complex also features a huge array of facilities, including retail outlets, restaurants, Asia’s first YOTELAIR hotel, and a 14,000 sq m Canopy Park which

Jewel Changi is also home to

Safdie said was partly inspired

a number of on-site attractions,

by the surrealistic landscapes

including mazes, sky nets, a

depicted in James Cameron’s

butterfly garden and a cinema.

science-fiction blockbuster, Avatar.

BuroHappold Engineering served as the main contractor, while Atelier Ten provided environmental and sustainability design oversight. The expanded airport – expected to spur a global rethinking of

of increasingly discerning travellers

now be able to accommodate

for a meaningful and experiential

up to 85 million travellers.

journey, even for brief layovers.”

“The vision for Jewel Changi

A 40-metre waterfall descends from the airport’s ceiling



with lush greenery, fulfils the needs

passenger experience design – will

Speaking at the opening, Lee

Airport is to be a destination

Chee Koon, president and CEO

where ‘The World meets Singapore,

of CapitaLand Group, one of the

and Singapore meets the World’,”

property’s developers, said: “Jewel

Hung Jean, executive of Jewel

demonstrates our multi-faceted

Changi Airport Development

capabilities in real estate

commented in a statement.

development and illuminates

Jean added: “The unique

the limitless possibilities we will

proposition of world-class shopping

have to enliven an airport precinct

and dining, seamlessly integrated

with retail at its core.”asdsdasd

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