Changi Airport–the pride and joy of Singapore.
The best airport in the world for the 5th year running, it looks like that title isn’t going anywhere, especially with the addition of lifestyle complex Jewel Changi Airport.
A Tourist Attraction In Its Own Right
Like its namesake, Jewel will feature a dome-shaped facade made of glass and steel, reminiscent of a beautifully cut jewel. The 10-storey structure will sit in front of Terminal 1, operating as a hub between Terminals 1, 2 and 3.
Occupying a sprawling 134,000 sq m area, we Singaporeans will have plenty to do and see en route to our travels once this exciting project is up and running!
Beautiful on the outside, what lays within is even more amazing. Besides featuring an estimated 270 – 300 retail tenants (i.e. no lack of options when it comes to shopping and dining), what makes Jewel truly unique is that it’s also a playground for both adults and kids.
The star of Jewel is undeniably Canopy Park, a 14,000 sq m space that occupies Jewel’s top floor.
Featuring bouncy sky nets, towering hedge mazes and so much more, the Canopy Park is an enchanting indoor garden that will ignite your sense of wonder, no matter your age!
Remember the nets we used to play with in playgrounds as kids? The ‘sky net’ is something like that. Designed by French trampoline park maker Chien Noir, you can walk and even bounce on it!
One of the sky nets will have its highest point at 3 storeys above ground, so look down only if you dare.
Another scary/cool feature, depending on how well you do with heights, is a glass-floored Canopy Bridge on the seventh floor.
Emitting mist from both sides, feel as if you’re walking on clouds as you cross this ‘transparent’ bridge! Stretching 50m long, this mini treetop walk will let you admire the foliage and people-watch from above!
While the Foggy Bowls were designed with young children in mind, who says we grown-ups can’t join in on the fun?
The key feature of this fascinating attraction are four bowls sunken into the ground, with depths of between 30cm to 65cm. Play, jump, and have fun as mist rises from the ground, once again creating the illusion that you’re playing among the clouds!
Another cool feature that’s already gaining a fair bit of attention are Jewel’s two mazes, each of at least 500 sq m in area.
Designed by renowned UK maze designer, Adam Fisher, one of them will comprise of hedges 1.8m high, while the other will constitute a series of mirrors. We imagine finding your way to the center of the mazes, and then getting out again won’t be as easy as it looks!
And, of course, we saved the best for the last: The 40m-high Rain Vortex.
Set to be the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, this giant spectacle will take center stage at Jewel, transforming into a light and sound show with special lighting effects by night. An awe-inspiring piece of work, this mesmerising display will surely give incoming visitors a grand first impression of our little red dot.
Slated to open in early 2019, we’ll have to wait a little under 2 years before we can experience all these amazing things for ourselves. We have to admit, we CANNOT wait.
(Header Image Source: Changi Airport)