Like most of Singapore’s architectural city-scape, Changi airport is meant to be iconic with its multi-functionality of mixed-use space. Iconic as the design that had to be provided is the chosen design firm -Dutch UNStudio with lead architect Ben van Berkel. The new 125,000m2 development for the airport in Singapore is located at the heart of the airport complex and serves to connect the airport’s ensemble of terminals and existing structures.
UNStudio’s design proposal for the new complex offered a blend of nature and mall, with unique attractions that additionally provide an attractive destination for the residents of Singapore. The new structure accommodates food and beverage areas, garden activities, retail areas, lounges and a cineplex and movie themed attraction.
The three main components – Attraction, Aviation and Retail are merged to form one program and are weaved together throughout the building. The garden attraction forms the main thread within the design and is a theme of all the activities in the building. The varied hexagonal units in the double-layered facade control daylight penetration and views while maximizing shading in the areas where this is required. UNStudio’s design for the new complex presents a high-performance building targeting low consumption energy levels and high standards of comfort.
The main aim was to increase Changi’s international reputation as a transport hub and strengthen its connections with Singapore’s infrastructure – and this is way design turns into a very effective tool for communication and realization of major ideas. The so-called Project Jewel’s area is calculated at 3.5 ha of building site, thus providing Singapore’s residents with a new cityscape attraction to visit, enjoy and reside in. Read the rest of this entry »