New redesign plans of Singapore Airport with futuristic glass and steel dome

Voted the ‘world’s best airport’ earlier this year at the World Airport Awards, Changi Airport has unveiled the rendering images by the architect behind the £800m ($1.47m) project.




A five-storey structure will be built over the 3.5 hectares car park currently in front of Terminal 1 of the Changi Airport featuring a grand indoor garden area with ‘green walls’ to offset carbon emissions from planes flying overhead. It will also have cascading waterfall, a range of retail shops, leisure attractions and a central communal facility. It will have a multi-storey basement car park which will help clear more space for the arrival hall, baggage claim and taxi areas.

Moshe Safdie, an Israeli/Canadian architect who also designed Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Resort, will be behind the airport’s expansion. A giant doughnut-shaped glass and steel dome complex will be built connecting the airport’s existing three terminals via all-glass walkways.

Although no official date has been assigned for the completion of the Project Jewel (as it has been named) but the new structure may be ready by 2018. It aims to serve 85 million passengers by the completion of the project and hopes to “strengthen its position as an international hub” and create “an iconic global attraction” as a result of the new complex.

The recently announced plans for Terminal 4 are set to be completed by 2017 with two-storey building spanning 195,000 square metres. It will be designed to provide a range of automated, self-service options to allow passengers to travel comfortably. Previously noted for  its revolutionary “see through” design in Terminal 3, it was designed to make it easier for passengers to find their way around without using signs.

Changi Airport has around 46.6 million passengers a year and has won more than 390 awards. It has been noted for its aesthetics, but also for its services, including unlimited free WiFi to fliers since 2002. More than 37,000 passengers use the network every day, achieving speeds of “up to 4Mbps”, according to a spokesman for the airport.