Jewel Changi Airport

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Jewel Changi Airport
Jewel Artist Impression.jpg
Artist Impression of Jewel Changi Airport
General information
StatusUnder construction
TypeMixed-use
Location80 Airport Boulevard, Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Coordinates1.3644° N, 103.9915° E
Construction started5 December 2014
Estimated completionMarch 2019[1]
CostS$1.7 billion
Technical details
MaterialSteel and Glass
Size3.5ha (35,000 m2)
Floor count10 – 5 above-ground storeys and 5 basement levels (Levels B5 — 5)
Floor area134,000 m2
Design and construction
ArchitectMoshe Safdie
Benoy
RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Private Limited
Structural engineerRSP Architects Planners & Engineers Private Limited
Main contractorWoh Hup (Private) Limited
Obayashi Singapore Private Limited
Website
Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel) is a mixed-use development at Changi Airport in Singapore, scheduled to open in 2019.[2] It will include gardens and attractions, a hotel, aviation facilities and 300 retail and dining facilities. The complex covers a total gross floor area of 134,000 m, spanning 10 storeys – five storeys above-ground and five basement storeys.[3] Attractions will include the Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall; the Forest Valley, an indoor garden spanning five storeys; and Canopy Park at the topmost level, featuring gardens and leisure facilities.[4]

Conception[edit]

The complex was built with a strategic intent to improve the competitive position of Changi Airport as against rivals such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.[5] Jewel was first mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech in 2013. He announced the plan to build Jewel as part of Changi Airport’s long-term plans to double its current capacity and “create many more opportunities for Singapore”.[6]

Built over the former open-air car park in front of Changi Airport Terminal 1, the completion of Jewel in 2019 will see the expansion of Terminal 1’s arrival hall and baggage claim areas by 70%.[7] Terminal 1’s handling capacity will also increase from 21 to 24 million passengers a year.[8]

Design and development[edit]

Jewel’s glass-and-steel façade is designed by a consortium of architects, led by Moshe Safdie[9], who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, National Gallery of Canada and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.[10] The landscape architect is Peter Walker & Partners[11], who collaborated with Safdie on Marina Bay Sands, and also designed National 9-11 Memorial, Barangaroo Park, among others. Jewel is developed by Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte Ltd, a joint venture between Changi Airport Group (CAG), manager of Singapore Changi Airport, and CapitaLand, through its wholly owned shopping mall business, CapitaLand Mall Asia.[12] It has been announced that the construction of Jewel will cost S$1.7 billion.[13]

Jewel is designed to combine a marketplace and an urban park. “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.[14]

The glass panels of the dome are framed in steel which rests on a complex latticework, evoking the appearance of traditional glass conservatories.[15] At night, the glowing dome will be visible from all surrounding areas.[16]

Key attractions[edit]

Forest Valley[edit]

Forest Valley, five storeys tall, will house 3,000 trees[17] and one of Singapore’s largest indoor collections of plants.[18]

Rain Vortex[edit]

The centrally located Rain Vortex will be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, standing at 40 metres high. At night, the Rain Vortex will become a stage for a light-and-sound show[19] curated by water feature design firm WET Design.

Canopy Park[edit]

At the topmost level of Jewel, the 14,000 sq m Canopy Park will house recreation and leisure attractions.[20]. About half of the total landscaping will be hosted at Canopy Park, including two gardens: Topiary Walk and Petal Garden. The Topiary Walk will feature animal-shaped topiaries at every corner, while the Petal Garden will have seasonal floral displays.[21]

The Event Plaza, where the food and beverage outlets will be located, will also have an events space big enough for 1,000 people.

Sky Nets[edit]

The Sky Nets provide children's play facilities, including a Bouncing Net and a Walking Net. The Bouncing Net will be 250 metres long, suspended 8 metres above ground at its highest point.[22] A separate 50-metre long Walking Net will enable visitors to look down 25 metres to Jewel’s Level 1.[23] The Sky Nets are the work of designers Thomas Ferwagner from Germany and Cedric Chavaud from France.

Canopy Mazes[edit]

Canopy Mazes are designed by Adrian Fisher, founder and chairman of Adrian Fisher Design, who has created over 600 mazes globally. They comprise two mazes, situated at the eastern end of the Jewel complex: Hedge Maze and Mirror Maze.[24] The Hedge Maze will be Singapore’s largest with hedge walls standing at 1.8m high. This maze features gates that can be pushed within that will change the path of the maze. It ends at an elevated watch tower that offers a bird's-eye view of the entire maze. The Mirror Maze will be located under the dome with plants branching across the top of the maze.[25]

Discovery Slides[edit]

Designed to be both an art sculpture and a play piece, the Discover Slides feature four integrated slides: two tube slides and two sliding surfaces.[26] The entire structure will sit at an incline, 3m high on one end, and close to 7m on the other,[27] and will enable visitors to view the Forest Valley and the Rain Vortex.[28] The Discovery Slides are designed by Carve in the Netherlands and built by Playpoint in Singapore.[29]

Canopy Bridge[edit]

The Canopy Bridge is suspended 23 metres above ground and will offer a view of the Rain Vortex. At 50 metres long, the Canopy Bridge will also have glass panel flooring in the centre section that offers a view through to level 1 of Jewel.[30]

Foggy Bowls[edit]

Designed by The Exploratorium, in San Francisco, the key feature of this attraction is four concave bowls with depths of between 30cm and 65cm, for young children to jump in while mist is released to create an illusion of playing among clouds.[31]

Key Facilities[edit]

YOTELAIR Changi Airport[edit]

A 130-room hotel will be based within Jewel and will be operated by international hotel brand, YOTEL.[32]

Aviation Facilities[edit]

The complex will also house an ‘integrated multi-modal transport lounge’ which integrates ticketing, boarding pass collection and baggage transfer service within one location. Early check-in facilities will also allow passengers to check-in and drop off luggage ahead of regular check-in times.[33] There will be dedicated facilities for fly-cruise and fly-coach passengers.

Retail Amenities[edit]

The retail mall will boast around 280 tenants from Basement 2 to Level 5, 30% of which will be dedicated to food and beverage tenants. It will house local and international brands, some of which will be making their Singapore debut at the mall. Anchor tenants include an 11 screen Shaw Theatres IMAX cinema, its first non-Japan flagship Pokémon Centre store (for the first time since the New York outlet (now called Nintendo New York) closed down in 2005), an Apple store, a supermarket and 11 duplex stores at Level 1. Making their Singapore debut at the mall includes American fast food restaurant chain Shake Shack, which will be occupying one of the duplex stores, Norwegian salmon restaurant chain Pink Fish, Chinese restaurants such as Xiao Bin Lou and Yu's Kitchen, a Swiss artisanal chocolatier Läderach, local restaurants Dian Xiao Er, Jumbo Seafood, So Pho, El Fuego by Collin's, Nectar and a restaurant concept by local renowned chef Violet Oon. For the first time after a 16-year absence, A&W will also open its first Singapore location at the mall. Other notable tenants such as Nike will open a 1000 square meter duplex flagship store showcasing the latest footwear, as well as notable world-first outlets Tiger Street Lab, Durasafe, Naiise Iconic, Vision Lab Eyewear and Supermama. [34][35][36][37]

Access[edit]

Jewel is directly connected to Terminal 1 and can be accessed from both Terminal 2 and 3 via air-conditioned pedestrian bridges.[38]

Awards[edit]

Jewel Changi Airport was accorded the 2016 International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum, an international museum of architecture and design.[39]

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