In Singapore, Changi Airport is not just an important transportation hub, but an attraction of its own. The latest expansion to SIN adds even more beauty and innovation.
Opened in April, so-called Jewel Changi Airport offers the world’s largest indoor waterfall and a new shopping and entertainment hub with over 300 shops and restaurants plus a hotel.
Attractions include the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall at 40m tall; the Shiseido Forest Valley, an indoor garden spanning five storys; and the Canopy Park at the topmost level, featuring gardens and leisure facilities.
If the design looks familiar to you, it should. Jewel Changi Airprot was designed by Moshe Safdie, who also designed the iconic Marina Bay Sands. Speaking of the airport project, Safdie said:
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.
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I know this is technically “old” news. But my business trip to Singapore last month was cancelled and somehow my head has been buried in the sand. While looking into something unrelated this morning I stumbled upon the pictures above and could not believe it. I’m so impressed by this architectural design; it is no surprise why SIN is consistently ranked as the world’s best airport. 65.6 million passengers flew through Singapore last year and more will do so this year. If you have time during your layover or before departure, do check out this beautiful new extension. I personally cannot wait!
images: Safdie Architects
The Jewel is not the most amazing thing in Singapore, but very amazing. The locals I asked said they had not visited and were waiting for crowds to thin – got a nice hike in walking from SQ 1st check in to the Jewel and Back – the Jewel was packed on May 12 (RTW19 2.0) but found Tonito a Latin restaurant on a middle level with counter seating looking into the center waterfall Sweet! Enjoy! Safe Landings!
It was extremely overcrowded when I was there. just like anything in Asia. I would prefer an empty lounge for the amount of time before departure.
I can’t disagree that Changi is the best airport in the world. Still, I have a soft spot for the Haneda international terminal and would vote for that being the best terminal.
The Canopy Park opens June 10.