Architect to “reinvent the airport”


Architect Moshe Safdie’s Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore aims to “reinvent what airports are all about” by creating a shared public space under a glass dome with a waterfall and garden.

Boston-based Safdie Architects’ 134,000m2 project will combine retail, leisure and entertainment facilities with gardens for local residents and passengers passing through the airport.

The water feature – called the Rain Vortex – will pour down from a round opening in the roof of the glass dome into an “indoor landscape” of trees and shrubs called Forest Valley, which includes walking trails.


Rainwater will be collected via the waterfall and reused in the building, and at night it will be the backdrop for a light and sound show that diners can watch from overlooking restaurant terraces.

“This project redefines and reinvents what airports are all about,” said the architect.

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