Singapore’s new structure for Changi Airport, the Jewel Changi, is currently under construction, expecting completion in early 2019.
Project Jewel will no doubt re-confirm the airport’s reputation as the world’s best airport. For the fifth consecutive year, Changi International has been named the best airport in the world by consumer aviation website Skytrax. The hub has long been praised by travelers for its beautiful architecture, efficient operation, and luxurious amenities.
A winner of multiple best airport awards over the years, Changi served 54.1 million passengers in 2014.
When completed, the impressive steel-and-glass biosphere-style structures will be filled with plants and a gigantic waterfall.
More than simply a new terminal, Jewel Changi Airport will be constructed on the site of the old parking lot fronting the existing Changi Airport’s Terminal 1, and will be smoothly connected to the existing terminals.
The huge donut-like structure consists of 10 levels — five above ground and five underground — integrating airport facilities, with retail and leisure outlets.
This includes 130 hotel rooms — operated by international hotel brand YOTEL — along with more than 300 dining and shopping outlets.
The complex will house an integrated multi-modal transport lounge – so ticketing, boarding pass and baggage transfer service will be available for passengers. Early check-in facilities at the complex will allow passengers to check-in and drop off luggage ahead of regular check-in times. There will also be new subway links connecting all the airports terminals to the MRT network.
But the extraordinary feature of the new complex — and maintaining Singapore’s reputation as the “garden city,” — will be Jewel Changi’s centerpiece — Forest Valley.
Four different gateway gardens will feature unique landscape elements. The North Gateway Garden, for instance, will use the trunks of rain trees recycled from the airport’s old open-air parking lot.
On the top level is the Canopy Park — one of the Jewel’s three major attractions along with a indoor waterfall and a five-story-tall garden called Forest Valley.
Canopy Park will have gardens, walking trails, playgrounds and eateries spanning approximately 13,000 square meters. It will have 2500 trees and 100,000 ferns and shrubs
This is an area where visitors can simply relax and have fun with their families and friends.
Canopy Park is divided into several sections including
….a botanical garden,…
… A nature walk with animal-shaped topiary, and …
… A pair of hedge mazes.
The Discovery Slide is an art sculpture that doubles as a children’s’ slide. It is also a great viewing gallery to see the Rain Vortex and Forest Valley.
The glass-bottom Canopy Bridge sits 75 ft. in the air.
The Canopy Bridge and other sections of the park emit puffs of mist to give children the illusion of playing among the clouds.
lThe 131-foot-tall waterfall, dubbed the Rain Vortex , has been conceived by water design firm WET and Safdie Architects, will be the centerpiece of “Forest Valley,” a lush indoor garden nestled under a large glass dome.
It will be housed in a huge glass toroid, and will fall though the hole in the middle of the structure. At night, choreographed light shows will make the waterfall glow, illuminating the interior in an array of different colors.
The architects and engineers conducted a series of airflow studies on the glass dome in order to prevent the buildup of humid air that would naturally occur around this amount of falling water. The team came up with a solution that alters the way turbulence affects the surrounding air. Several built models helped determine the behavior of the design.
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