World’s Best Airport To Set A New Standard For Airport Offerings
I can write anywhere. I write in airports. I write on airplanes. I’ve written in the back seats of taxis. I write in hotel rooms.
But I can never write at Changi International Airport, because this paradise has so many greater things for me to discover than typing on my laptop.
Singapore’s principal airport just announced the design of its 1.4-million square-foot glass dome, known as Jewel Changi Airport, which will feature a garden space with winding nature trails, a gigantic 131-foot tall waterfall called the “Rain Vortex”, as well as recreation plans for dining areas. The finished terminal will have five stories below ground and five above, 130 YOTEL rooms (New York Hotel Times Square & Airport Hotels rooms) for accessible overnight stays. “We wanted to create a space where activities that were traditionally outdoors in nature are brought to an indoor environment,” said Robin Goh, Changi Airport Group spokesperson.
The design of Project Jewel is under the responsibility of Moshe Safdie, an Israeli/Canadian/American architect, urban designer, educator, theorist, and author. He is most identified with project Habitat 67, a model community and housing complex in Montreal, Canada. “Apart from distinctive design, Project Jewel will break new ground with its unique mix of attractions, retail and airport facilities, integrated in a way like never before to create a slew of different experiences in a single visit,” said Philip Yim, CEO of Jewel Changi Airport Development Partners.
As for international travelers, Jewel will be an exciting tourist destination. And as for local residents, it will be a playground near home where they can share many happy moments with their loves ones. The construction will be completed by 2018 to bring 85 million passengers a year.