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Jewel Changi Airport (also known as Jewel) is a mixed-use development at Changi Airport in Singapore.[3] It includes gardens, attractions, a hotel, aviation facilities and 300 retail and dining facilities. The complex covers a total gross floor area of 135,700 m2, spanning 10 storeys – five storeys above-ground and five basement storeys.[4] Attractions include the HSBC Rain Vortex, the world's largest indoor waterfall at 40m tall; the Shiseido Forest Valley, an indoor garden spanning five storeys; and the Canopy Park at the topmost level, featuring gardens and leisure facilities.[5]

Jewel Changi Airport
Chinese: 星耀樟宜
Malay: Jewel Lapangan Terbang Changi
Japanese: ジュエル チャンギ エアポート
The HSBC Rain Vortex inside the Jewel area at Changi Airport
Jewel Changi Airport is located in Singapore
Jewel Changi Airport
Location of Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore
General information
Architectural styleNeofuturistic
LocationChangi, Singapore
Address78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Country Singapore
Coordinates1°21′52″N 103°59′29″E / 1.3644°N 103.9915°E / 1.3644; 103.9915Coordinates: 1°21′52″N 103°59′29″E / 1.3644°N 103.9915°E / 1.3644; 103.9915
Construction started5 December 2014
CompletedApril 2019
Opened17 April 2019; 39 days ago (2019-04-17)[1]
CostS$1.7 billion
OwnerChangi Airport Group Devt (CAG)
Technical details
MaterialSteel and Glass
Size3.5 hectares (8.6 acres)
Floor count10 – 5 above-ground storeys and 5 basement levels (Levels B5 — 5)
Floor area135,700 square metres (1,461,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectMoshe Safdie
Structural engineerRSP Architects Planners & Engineers Private Limited
Other designersPWP Landscape Architecture
ICN Design International Pte Ltd
Lighting Planners Associates[2]
Main contractorWoh Hup (Private) Limited
Obayashi Singapore Private Limited



Jewel with the Changi Control Tower in the foreground

The complex was conceived to improve the competitive position of Changi Airport against regional rivals.[6] Jewel was first mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his National Day Rally speech in 2013 as part of Changi Airport's long-term plans to double its capacity by the mid-2020s and “create more opportunities for Singapore and Singaporeans”.[7]

Built over the former open-air car park in front of Changi Airport Terminal 1, Jewel expanded Terminal 1's arrival hall and baggage claim areas by 70%.[8] Terminal 1's handling capacity is also expected to increase from 21 to 24 million passengers a year.[9]

Design and developmentEdit

Jewel Changi Airport at night

Jewel's glass-and-steel façade was designed by a consortium of architects, led by Moshe Safdie,[9] who also designed Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.[10] Renowned local firm RSP Architects Planners & Engineers were the executive architect and structural engineers[11]. The landscape architect was Peter Walker and Partners,[12] who co-designed the National 9-11 Memorial and worked with Safdie on the landscaping of the Marina Bay Sands. Benoy were the interior designers for Jewel.

Jewel was developed by Jewel Changi Airport Trustee Pte Ltd, a joint venture between Changi Airport Group (CAG), Singapore Changi Airport and CapitaLand, through its wholly owned shopping mall business, CapitaLand Mall Asia.[13] It was announced that the construction of Jewel would cost S$1.7 billion.[14]

Jewel was envisioned to combine a marketplace and an urban park. “The component of the traditional mall is combined with the experience of nature, culture, education and recreation, aiming to provide an uplifting experience. By drawing both visitors and local residents alike, we aim to create a place where the people of Singapore interact with the people of the world,” said Moshe Safdie, the lead architect.[15]

The glass panels of the dome are framed in steel which rests on a complex latticework.[16] At night, the glowing dome would be visible from all surrounding areas.[17]

Key attractionsEdit

The Shiseido Forest Valley at night

Shiseido Forest Valley (資生堂フォレストバレー)

A collaboration of Shiseido and teamLab from Japan, the Shiseido Forest Valley is one of Asia’s largest indoor gardens, spanning five stories and approximately 22,000 square meters located in the heart of Jewel Changi Airport. It houses around 3,000 trees and 60,000 shrubs.[18][19]

HSBC Rain Vortex

HSBC Rain Vortex

The HSBC Rain Vortex at the center of the Jewel is the world's tallest indoor waterfall, standing at 40 metres (130 ft) high. At night, the Rain Vortex becomes a stage for a light-and-sound show[20] curated by water feature design firm WET Design.

Canopy Park

At the topmost level of Jewel, the 14,000 sq m Canopy Park houses recreation and leisure attractions.[21] About half of the total landscaping will be hosted at Canopy Park, including two gardens: Topiary Walk and Petal Garden. The Topiary Walk will feature animal-shaped topiaries at every corner, while the Petal Garden will have seasonal floral displays.[22]

The Event Plaza, where the food and beverage outlets are located, also has an events space big enough for 1,000 people.

Manulife Sky Nets

The Sky Nets provide children's play facilities, including a Bouncing Net and a Walking Net. The Bouncing Net will be 250 metres long, suspended 8 metres above ground at its highest point.[23] A separate 50-metre long Walking Net will enable visitors to look down 25 metres to Jewel's Level 1.[24] The Sky Nets are the work of designers Thomas Ferwagner from Germany and Cedric Chavaud from France.

Canopy Mazes

The Canopy Mazes consists of two mazes, situated at the eastern end of the Jewel complex: Hedge Maze and Mirror Maze.[20] The Hedge Maze is Singapore's largest with hedge walls standing at 1.8m high. The maze features gates that can be pushed within that will change the path of the maze. It ends at an elevated watchtower that offers a bird's-eye view of the entire maze. The Mirror Maze is located under the dome with plants branching across the top of the maze. The maze makes use of mirrors and various reflections.[20][25]

Discovery Slides

The Discovery Slides feature four integrated slides: two tube slides and two sliding surfaces.[23] The entire structure sits at an incline, 3m high on one end, and close to 7m on the other,[26] and enables visitors to view the Forest Valley and the Rain Vortex.[27] The Discovery Slides are designed by Carve in the Netherlands and built by Playpoint in Singapore.[23]

Canopy Bridge

The Canopy Bridge is suspended 23 metres above ground and will offer a view of the Rain Vortex. At 50 metres long, the Canopy Bridge also has glass panel flooring in the centre section that offers a view through to level 1 of Jewel.[24]

Foggy Bowls

The Foggy Bowls are four concave bowls with depths of between 30 cm and 65 cm, people to jump in while mist is released to create an illusion of playing among clouds.[20]

Key facilitiesEdit

YOTELAIR Changi AirportEdit

A 130-room hotel is based within Jewel and is operated by international hotel brand, YOTEL.[28] It opened on 12 April 2019.[29]

Aviation facilitiesEdit

The complex also houses an ‘integrated multi-modal transport lounge’ which integrates ticketing, boarding pass collection and baggage transfer service within one location. Early check-in facilities will also allow passengers to check-in and drop off luggage ahead of regular check-in times.[28] There will be dedicated facilities for fly-cruise and fly-ferry passengers.

Retail amenitiesEdit

It houses both local and international brands, which also incorporates 11 duplex stores at Level 2. Anchor tenants include the largest Nike store in Southeast Asia, the second Apple Store in Singapore, Marks & Spencer, Muji, Zara, Uniqlo, an 11-screen Shaw Theatres IMAX cinema with an estimated seating capacity of 800, Five Spice, a food court by Food Junction with 19 unique stalls and supermarket chain FairPrice Finest.

Making their Singapore debut at the mall include burger chains A&W Restaurants, which previously closed down its Singaporean operations back in 2003, Shake Shack, Norwegian fast-casual restaurant Pink Fish, Swiss artisanal chocolatier Läderach, Sichuan restaurants Xiao Bin Lou and Yu's Kitchen, Boston based ice cream parlour chain Emack & Bolio's, London casual eatery Burger and Lobster, Peruvian restaurant TONITO and the first permanent Pokemon Centre in East Asia, outside of Japan.[30][31][32][33][34]


By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT):

By Public Bus:

  • Services 24, 27, 34, 36, 53, 110 and 858[35]

At the airport itself, Jewel is directly connected to Terminal 1 and can be accessed from both Terminal 2 and 3 via air-conditioned pedestrian bridges. Visitors from Terminal 4 can take the free shuttle bus service from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2, and enter Jewel via the pedestrian link bridge.[26]


Jewel Changi Airport was accorded the 2016 International Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum, an international museum of architecture and design.[36]

See alsoEdit


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