Singapore’s Changi Airport is titled as the world’s best airport for seven years running. Now the new extension of this Airport ‘Jewel’ is going to further tighten its grip on the title.
‘Jewel changi airport’, designed by safdie architects, was inaugurated on April 17, 2019. This masterpiece features world’s tallest indoor waterfall, an expansive indoor forest, tree-top walking trails, restaurants, retail, and much more exciting attractions.
Built on former parking lot, Jewel is the huge doughnut-shaped building that covers 1.46 million square feet. It has indoor “forest valley” with 3,000 trees, a 40-metre high “rain vortex” and more than 280 shops and restaurants.
It stands 10 stories tall and more than $1.25 billion were spent to build the glass-and-steel dome that makes up Jewel.
Multi award winning architect Moshe Safdie who designed Changi Airport’s new lifestyle destination said, “Jewel weaves together an experience of nature and the marketplace, dramatically asserting the idea of the airport as an uplifting and vibrant urban center, engaging travelers, visitors, and residents, and echoing Singapore’s reputation as ‘the city in the garden,”
World’s tallest indoor waterfall:
This water fall is the centre of attraction of ‘Jewel changi airport’. This Rain Vortex is 40 meters tall (approximately 130-feet) and it pumps about 500,000 liters of water through the roof of the Jewel building. The water is supplied by collected rainwater and it flows at the center of a greenhouse.
Jayson Goh, managing director for airport operations, said, “Rainwater is collected and it becomes a part of the Vortex as well,”
“We can actually control the volume of flow. Below the Vortex we have tanks to collect the rainwater so that we can recycle it. When there’s an excess of rainwater, it can be used for irrigation of the plants in the Forest Valley.”