Xerjoff Magazine

Changi, the airport of wonders


The Jewel, a 200-meter-wide glass dome that houses a rainforest and an artificial waterfall makes Singapore's Changi International Airport an increasingly attractive location.

“The Changi International Airport of Singapore is a candidate to become a new touristic destination“. This statement, expressed in an article in the New York Times certainly sounds a bit surprising, (when have airports ever been touristic destinations and not mere transit sites?), yet in the paradoxicality of this statement, is a clear way to describe the beauty of the Changi International Airport structure which is now enriched with a new important architectural element. The Jewel, is a 200-meter-wide glass cap that houses a real rainforest with over 200 plant species and an artificial indoor seven – storey high waterfall.

A space of 134 thousand square meters accessible to both passengers and passers-by, in an attempt to make Singapore airport a true hub, capable of attracting visitors and tourists. The airport, designed by Mosce Safdie, an internationally renowned designer won the Best Airport Award for six years in a row, and thanks to the new architectural intervention (which adds to other amenities already present, such as the rooftop swimming pool, the cinema open h24, the butterfly garden, the mobile sculptures), it is a candidate to collect new great successes. “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’.”